Taking the Boat Out Today? Check the Weather Report First

Did you know that 319,559 boats were registered in the state of Illinois in Federal Fiscal Year 2011? That’s a lot of boats and a lot of people on the state’s waterways. Although the state provides free training courses to encourage boater safety, not many people attend the training and as a result, accidents occur.

Even though the number of accidents was lower in 2011 than 2010, fatalities increased. According to the Recreational Boating Report, 103 U.S. Coast Guard reportable accidents occurred in 2011 resulting in 70 injuries and 21 fatalities. In 2010, there were 105 accidents with 76 injuries and 16 fatalities. One is too many accidents resulting in personal injury and death no matter how you look at it.

If you are a boating enthusiast, you know how quickly a day of fun out on the water can turn to disaster. A sudden change in weather conditions, operators driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and excessive speed are all contributing factors to boating accidents.

Obviously, drowning is the leading cause of death in boat accidents. Injuries resulting from accidents can include:

  • Lacerations
  • Head trauma
  • Contusions
  • Broken bones
  • Back injury

If you were injured in a boating accident, what recourse do you have? Call an Illinois boating accident attorney experienced in transportation-related accidents that result in personal injury. The lawyer has a wealth of knowledge in handling all aspects of these situations from investigating what caused the accident to presenting a solid court case, if necessary. Reach out now to help ensure the most positive outcome for your case.