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Causes of Wisconsin Boating Accidents

Heading out for a day on the lake is one of the best ways to beat the summer heat in Wisconsin. Whether you’re skiing on Lake Michigan or took a day trip to Lake Winnebago, you are one of the many people flocking to the water attractions near Kenosha. However, despite the casual fun promised by these chill hotspots, boating accidents hurt many individuals each year. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reports that in a five-year period, from 2012 to 2016, there was an annual average of 106 accidents.

The personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are aware that boating accidents can leave victims with painful, lasting medical problems and high hospital bills. Such accidents can be caused by the boat owner’s negligence. For example, boating accidents can occur when:

  • Operator is too inexperienced to avoid an accident
  • Operator is intoxicated due to alcohol or drug use
  • Operator is not paying attention
  • Operator is failing to follow boating laws and regulations
  • The boat does not include required safety equipment such as regulated lights, whistles, and life preservers
  • Operator is speeding
  • Operator is creating dangerous wakes in “no wake” areas

Driving a boat demands a level of responsibility that ensures the safety of all individuals in the surrounding area including passengers, swimmers, people in other boats, and people enjoying watersports. Negligence can result in dangerous accidents that leave victims severely injured. Such injuries often cost a great deal to treat, meaning victims must deal with medical bills in addition to physical pain.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, you might be entitled to compensation. Due to the serious nature of these disasters and the heavy burden of responsibility carried by boat operators, the personal injury lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are ready to fight for you. Please contact our legal team at (414) 271-0900 to talk to a lawyer about your experience.