Boating Accidents

Boating Accident Attorneys in Chicago

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From using a friend’s jet ski to taking a cruise around the islands, any adventure on watercraft is a fun activity — but it can be dangerous too. Boating accidents may include incidents involving private boats, commercial boats, cruise ships, jet skis, ferries, submarines, and other types of watercraft. A boating accident can result in severe injuries, significant financial expenses, and non-economic damages that can leave a family feeling lost.

With the Chicago boating accident lawyers of McNabola & Associates, LLC, the victims of boating accidents have a source of guidance and support. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and discuss your case.

To schedule a free consultation with our legal team, complete our contact form or call (312) 888-8700.

Boating Accident Causes

A successful boating trip depends on many different elements: The operator’s actions, the assistance of navigators and other supporting people, the conditions of the water, the weather, the boat’s mechanical performance, and more. Negligence or unfortunate circumstances in any of these areas can potentially result in a boating accident.

Boating accident causes may include:

  • Operator negligence
  • Inexperience
  • Mechanical issues
  • Inclement weather
  • Speed
  • Intoxication
  • Navigational errors
  • Dangerous conditions

Boating Accident Injuries and Damages

Boating accidents can be catastrophic, and victims may incur life-altering injuries. The risk of drowning, coupled with the risk of other severe injuries, can cause a boat trip to quickly turn tragic. In some instances, boating accidents are fatal and can be considered a case of wrongful death.

A boating accident may result in injuries such as:

  • Drowning
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Wrongful death

The severe injuries that often result from boating accidents cause significant financial and non-economic damages for victims and their families. A person who has been injured in a boating accident will be responsible for costly medical bills, lost wages and related expenses, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. In cases of wrongful death, the family of the deceased will need to pay for funeral costs. Our boating accident lawyers in Chicago can help you recover for damages.

Who is Liable for Boating Accidents?

The types of watercraft that can be involved in boating accidents and the causes of boating accidents can vary widely, and so can the parties who are liable for boating accidents.

In some cases, the person operating the boat is completely to blame for an accident. An operator may be inexperienced, unprepared, or totally negligent in their responsibilities. Driving a boat is complicated, and any oversight in navigating, evaluating conditions, or responding to obstacles can result in a boating accident.

Boating accidents can also be caused by external factors that are outside of the driver’s control: Weather, mechanical trouble, and choppy waters are some examples. Even in these cases, a boat operator could be partially at fault. Finding a liable party in cases where external factors appear to be the cause will depend on the case’s specific circumstances. Other boating staff, mechanics, and administrative agencies could be at fault. In cases of commercial boating accidents, the corporate entity that owns the watercraft would likely share some liability as well.

Contact Us to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

At McNabola & Associates, LLC, our legal team understands boating accident litigation and is dedicated to helping injury victims recover the compensation they deserve. We can evaluate the details of your case to determine who is liable for your injuries and will work to hold them accountable.

Send us a message or call (312) 888-8700 to schedule a free consultation with our Chicago boating accident attorneys. We are available 24/7!

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