Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Boating Accident?
Wisconsin is defined by its waterways. From Lakes Superior and Michigan to the Mississippi River, these incredible natural boundaries are fitting symbols for one of Wisconsin’s favorite collective pastimes – boating.
Like any activity out on the water, safety is a concern for Wisconsin’s boaters. Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources offers the following safety tips for Wisconsinites who are out boating:
- Have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person onboard and one approved throwable device for any boat 16 feet and longer.
- Have a fire extinguisher.
- Have operable boat lights. Always test boat lights before the boat leaves the dock and carry extra batteries.
- Keep emergency supplies on board in a floating pouch: cell phone, maps, flares, and first aid kit.
- Overloading a boat with gear or passengers will make the boat unstable and increase the risk of capsizing or swamping. Abide by the boat's capacity plate which is located near the boat operator's position.
- Never allow passengers to ride on gunwales or seatbacks or outside of protective railings, including the front of a pontoon boat. A sudden turn, stop or start could cause a fall overboard.
- After leaving the boat launch, maintain slow-no-wake speed for a safe and legal distance from the launch.
Despite these safeguards, even the most cautious of skippers face risks on the open water. Accidents do happen.
The team at Gingras, Cates & Wachs knows how to protect your personal interests if you are injured in a boating accident. If someone else’s carelessness caused you to be injured in a boating, jet-ski, or other watercraft accident, the boating accident attorneys at GCW are prepared to work hard to make sure you are adequately compensated for your injuries and losses, including: lost wages, medical expenses and pain and emotional suffering.
Our experienced boat accident lawyers in Madison understand the difficulties - you likely face lost wages, unmanageable medical bills, repair bills, and other out of pocket expenses, not to mention complex insurance claims. We can help sift through the legal complications and paperwork for you, to make sure you focus on coming back from your injury.
Boat Accident FAQ
I was involved in a boat accident, what should I do?
2) Open a claim with your insurance carrier and the other driver’s insurance carrier. If the other driver’s insurance company calls, you are not obligated to give them a statement, so don't. If you have been injured, first seek the representation of an lawyer before providing a statement to the other person’s insurance company.
3) Finally, call Gingras, Cates & Wachs for a free, no risk case consultation.
Will the boat driver who caused my injury be punished?
When is a boat driver negligent for causing an accident?
If a person dies from injuries involving a boat accident, can the family bring a lawsuit?
Do I still have a claim if my health insurance paid my medical bills?
Do I have the right to bring a lawsuit after a Wisconsin boat accident?
- You are the parent or legal guardian of a child. If you have legal custody of a child under age 18, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit on behalf of your child to get your child fair and just compensation for his or her injuries.
- Your loved one died in the accident. If your spouse is tragically killed in an accident, then you have the right to bring a claim for the loss of your spouse. In addition, unless a will or other legal document dictates otherwise, you can also bring a claim on behalf of your deceased spouse’s estate for funeral and burial expenses as well as for any conscious pain and suffering that they endured. Juggling everything after someone has been killed can be overwhelming and the lawyers at GCW can help get you through the tough times.