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Lake County boat accident lawyersAs warmer weather approaches, many Lake County residents are starting to get their boats ready to take out on the water. Whether it is on a privately-owned boat or a commercial vessel, nothing quite compares to the feeling of bobbing with the waves and feeling the sun on your face. Unfortunately, not all boat operators are as careful as they should be. Boat accidents that result in severe injuries and even death occur every year in the United States. When a person is injured or killed as a result of a negligent boat operator, the injured person or surviving family may be entitled to financial compensation.  

Inattention and Alcohol Use Lead to Serious Boat Accidents

Just over 630 people lost their lives in boating accidents in the U.S. in 2018, and thousands more were injured. Sadly, many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operator was acting in a safe, responsible way. Many people falsely believe that they do not need to be vigilant while operating a boat because they assume that they can react to any dangerous situation in time to prevent an accident. However, Illinois boaters and passengers are seriously hurt every season due to improper lookout and operator inexperience. Boat accidents are also common when boats are travelling at excessive speeds. 

By far, the leading contributing factor in serious boat accidents is alcohol use. Boating under the influence is against the law in Illinois, but many boaters do not take this law seriously. When operator negligence is the cause of a boating accident, the people hurt in that accident may be able to receive compensation for their damages through a personal injury lawsuit.

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Illinois snowmobile accident lawyersIllinois offers a great number of outdoor recreation opportunities. During the winter months, many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy climbing aboard a snowmobile and cruising off into the wintery landscape. Unfortunately, as enjoyable as snowmobiling is, it can often be equally as dangerous. Snowmobile accidents are relatively common, and many of these accidents result in severe injuries or even death. If you or a loved one have been injured in a snowmobile accident, you may have incurred significant medical bills, lost income, and other expenses. If the injury was caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for these and other expenses related to the accident.   

Top Causes of Snowmobile Accidents

It is estimated that about 2 million people ride snowmobiles each year in the United States. Of these snowmobile drivers, about 14,000 will suffer an injury in a snowmobile crash. Snowmobile accidents often result in broken bones, back injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Sadly, it is estimated that about 200 people die in snowmobile accidents every year. Some of these accidents are caused by a snowmobile driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, not skilled enough to safely maneuver the vehicle, or traveling at unsafe speeds for the terrain conditions. However, many snowmobile injuries are not the fault of the driver. In some cases, another party’s negligent actions or inaction are to blame for the driver’s injuries.

Determining Fault in a Snowmobile Crash

When another party’s negligence causes someone to be significantly injured, the responsible party may be held liable for the economic and noneconomic damages that result from the injury. Negligence occurs when a party’s recklessness, carelessness, or other wrongdoing causes another party harm. If your loved one was injured in a snowmobile collision and the other driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the other driver may be legally responsible for the damages caused. If a malfunctioning snowmobile or snowmobile part caused the accident, the manufacturer of the snowmobile or defective part may be to blame. Determining fault in a personal injury case can be challenging, so it is essential that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer if you think your accident could have been caused by another party’s negligence.

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Lake County ATV accident attorneysAll-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular throughout the United States, especially in rural areas where they are used for recreation and farm work. Illinois is no exception to this trend, but along with the increased popularity of these motorized vehicles, there has been an increase in the number of serious and even deaths from accidents involving ATVs.

ATV Accidents by the Numbers

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, there are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries every year involving ATVs and in 2014, the most recent year where reporting is considered complete, there were 588 reported ATV-related fatalities in the country in that year alone and 73 (12%) were children younger than 16 years old. In Illinois alone, there have been 283 ATV related deaths between 1982 and 2014.

Causes of ATV Accidents

There are many causes of ATV accidents but the most common are:

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Lake County boat accident lawyer

With temperatures rising here in the greater Chicago area, thousands of Illinoisans are gearing up to take their boats out on the water. From Lake Michigan to Lake Potawatomi, Illinois is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful boating opportunities. Unfortunately, boating accidents are common. If you or a loved one are injured in a boating accident, contact an experienced legal team as soon as possible. 

Boating Accident Statistics 

Throughout 2017, approximately 4,300 recreational boating accidents occurred in the United States. In many of those accidents, passengers were severely injured. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2,629 boaters suffered injuries that required medical attention in 2017. Of those injured, 658 ultimately died due to their injuries. 

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Boating Accidents and Injuries More Common Than Most Assume

Lake County boat accident lawyerWith the summer months in full bloom here in the greater Chicago area, many Chicagoans are hauling their boats out to Illinois’ impressive number of boating attractions. From Lake Michigan to Rock River, Illinois offers boating enthusiasts a wide array of recreational opportunities. However, with the fun and excitement of boating comes risk. 

According to the United States Coast Guard, 4,291 boating accidents occurred throughout the United States in 2017 alone. In all, 2,629 Americans suffered injuries during boating accidents throughout the year, 658 of which proved to be fatal. If your family is planning to enjoy Illinois’ waterways this summer, it is important to know how to keep your family safe. If a member of your family suffers an injury while boating, it is critically important to quickly obtain the medical and legal support you need. 

Avoiding an Accident

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