Taking a boat out for the day can be a rewarding escape from work and home. When boat drivers take advantage of this privilege and injure passengers in their boats, other boats, or people in the water, they can turn a therapeutic day on the water into a traumatic day. Victims of boating accidents may be able to file a claim for compensation from an accident that resulted in injury or death.
Some cases against boat operators have involved boat operators causing victims to fall overboard in a fashion that causes injury. This is usually due to operating a boat at ridiculously fast speeds. When boats travel at fast speeds, boat operators can lose control of the boat alarmingly quickly. Being unable to control a boat can easily result in a collision ahead.
Many other boating accidents involve alcohol, which, like operating an automobile under the influence, is illegal. Alcohol can lead a boat operator to make a number of unsafe decisions. Other accidents have involved overcrowded boats, skidding over people in the water, insufficient amounts of floatation devices, and collisions with other boats, water skiers, swimmers, and jet skiers.
People who cannot properly operate a boat or who drink and operate a boat should not be allowed to endanger the general population with their reckless behavior. If you or someone you know has been involved in a boat accident due to operator negligence, contact the Champaign personal injury attorneys of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000.