Has a boating accident turned your life upside down?
Wisconsin is home to thousands of beautiful rivers, lakes and borders the 5th largest fresh water lake in the world. Residents and visitors alike enjoy boating along with a host of other water sports. Regrettably, this pleasant activity is marred by its share of boat accidents. These accidents occur as a result of irresponsibility and negligence on the part of the boat driver, the boat manufacturer or the mechanics who service the boat. This can lead to a collision with another boat causing an accident resulting in serious injuries, sometimes death.
If you, a dear one or someone you know is the victim of a boat accident in Wisconsin, Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C.’s experienced and licensed personal injury attorneys can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
We understand the pain and stress that come with an unexpected boat mishap, not to mention the financial pressure, possible loss of income and medical expenses, along with the psychological trauma. In some cases, it may also mean permanent injury requiring lifelong rehabilitative therapy.
Call now for a free consultation. Boating accident statistics for Wisconsin
Boating accident statistics for Wisconsin
According to the US Coast Guard’s boating safety division, in 2013, there were 79 boating accidents in Wisconsin, out of which 12 were fatal resulting in a total of 12 deaths.
Alcohol ranks fifth among the causes for boating accidents and, at least 383 people were cited for drunken boating. In 2011, out of the total of 110 accidents, 19 were alcohol related, resulting in 11 deaths and 17 injuries.
The unique legal issues of boating related injuries
Boating accidents are similar in many ways to auto accidents. Injury or death as a result of the boat driver’s negligence carries the same liabilities. But unlike auto accidents, boat accidents have a peculiar problem. Based on whether the accident occurred on a river, lake or the ocean, waterway laws, admiralty laws and maritime laws may be applicable. Another issue is the possibility of the physical evidence being washed away, complicating the situation even more.
As Wisconsin boating accident lawyers, we are committed to helping boating accident victims recover the damages to which they are entitled. We have longstanding experience with personal injury lawsuits and are adept at overcoming any legal issue that may arise to ensure that our clients get the compensation they deserve.
Contact us for a no-obligation consultation so that we can discuss your case.
Common causes for boating accidents
The U.S. Coast Guard defines a boating accident as a collision, accident, or other casualty resulting in the death or disappearance of any person. Physical damage to property or the loss or disappearance of a vessel is also taken into account. Boating accidents and injuries are caused by:
- Operator inexperience
- Reckless driving
- Drinking and boating
- Manufacturing defects
- Servicing defects
- Head on collisions with another boat
- Jet ski accidents
- Boats tipping or capsizing
- Absence of lifejackets on board
- Flooding and sinking
At Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C., our boating accident attorneys in Madison can represent you in a boating accident injury lawsuit to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your damages, out of pocket losses and injuries. Your settlement will depend on the extent of your injuries, its impact on your future and who was responsible.
Contact the boat accident attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices, S.C. for a free consultation so that we can discuss all the options available to you. Remember, we receive no fees unless we get money for you.