The state of Illinois borders one of the largest lakes in the world, and hosts nearly 160 unique other lakes and waterways. While boating and water sports are favorite activities for thousands of local residents, it is important to recognize that lakes can be very dangerous places. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard have been handling boating related cases for more than 30 years and can help you.
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Countless numbers of boaters take advantage of Lake Michigan, Des Plaines River, Chicago River, Fox River, Illinois River, Chain O’Lakes and the many small streams throughout the Chicago area. Unfortunately, boating accidents occur too often on these waterways.
Sometimes, these accidents can’t be helped. Some occur because of adverse weather conditions; other times, however, a boating accident may be caused by the driver’s negligence or some defect in the boat or its equipment.
If you were involved in a boating accident that was caused by negligence or a boat defect, you may be entitled to compensation. The Chicago boating accident lawyers at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help. With offices conveniently located in Chicago and Waukegan, we have helped numerous boat crash victims throughout the state.
In fact, our firm recently obtained a $1 million boating collision settlement on behalf of a client who became trapped under a capsized boat. While every case is different, we have the expertise and knowledge about boat wrecks to help you win the largest amount of compensation possible given your situation.
To schedule a free consultation, call our Chicago boating accident attorneys today at 877-975-7991 or use our online form.
According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 102 boat crashes occurred in Chicago in 2009. These boat wrecks led to 70 injuries and 25 deaths. Nationally, there were 4,588 accidents in 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard reports. These accidents caused 3,081 injuries – 758 fatal – and an estimated $52 million in property damage.
The majority of Illinois boating accident deaths result from drowning, and most victims were not wearing a life jacket. Also, statistics show that fatal boat crashes more likely occur when boaters lack proper safety instruction. For instance, the Coast Guard indicates that only 11 percent of the fatalities in 2011 occurred on boats where the boat operator had reviewed boating safety instructions.
The U.S. Coast Guard data shows a clear link between deaths and a lack of boating safety knowledge. But there are many causes of boating accidents. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, common causes of boating crashes include:
In some cases, a combination of these factors may contribute to an accident that injures or harms someone.
Human error, improper boat maintenance or boat defects are the underlying cause of most boating accidents. If any of these factors played a role in an accident that injured you or caused the death of a loved one, you may be able to seek legal relief. Possible scenarios include:
The Chicago boating accident lawyers of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., can help. We can determine if one or more potential defendants exists in a boating accident case. If so, you may be able to collect money for pain and suffering, medical costs, lost wages, emotional distress and other damages. If the boating crash resulted in a death, the victim’s family members may pursue a wrongful death claim.
When you make a claim against a boat operator or one responsible for boat maintenance, you will need to prove negligence to receive compensation. Negligence can typically be proven in one of two ways:
Our Chicago boating accident attorneys can help you to determine which legal theory or theories are best to make your claim after a boat wreck.
At Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., our attorneys have obtained substantial recoveries on behalf of clients. We have recovered verdicts in excess of $1 million in more than 180 cases and collected a total of more than $630 million in damages for our clients. We can put our skill and experience to work for you in your boating accident case. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at 877-975-7991 or use our online form.