In the hot summer months in Chicagoland, watersports can provide a fun diversion for sweltering Chicagoans. However, if we’re not careful, they can turn deadly very quickly.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were devastated to read that that was exactly what happened in a situation in which a ten year-old boy was killed by a boat that struck him while he was ‘tubing’ on a lake in Illinois.
This past Sunday, the young boy, a resident of Libertyville, Illinois, apparently suffered traumatic injuries after falling off an inner-tube as it was being towed across Lake Petite, reported the Associated Press. He fell off the donut-shaped inflatable raft, and was soon hit by another boat. Two other individuals were also taken to local hospitals with non life-threatening injuries after the accident.
At this point, the Associated Press reports that no one has been cited or arrested in the incident, which remains under investigation. Nevertheless, if it is found that the driver of the boat that hit the young boy was negligent in operating his craft, he could potentially be held liable for the harm caused in an Illinois personal injury lawsuit.
As a general rule of law in Illinois, a boat operator and its owner must exercise the highest degree of care to prevent injuries to passengers in the boat, or swimmers, or others in the waters or boats around them. When an operator or owner fail to do so, and someone suffers serious personal injuries, the injured parties may be able to file a Chicago personal injury lawsuit to hold wrongdoers accountable.
Similarly to situations of injury caused by automobiles, every time a boater gets behind the wheel of his or her boat, he or she is accepting responsibility for the safety of everyone else in the water. Although accidents can and do happen, when negligent behavior or careless actions lead to the injury or death of another person, the negligent boat driver must be held accountable. This may, in turn lead to an [Illinois personal injury lawsuit] in which the driver who caused the harm may be made to pay damages resulting from the injuries sustained in an accident.
What’s more is that, when those boating accidents cause fatalities, Chicago wrongful death lawsuits may arise instead. Under Illinois law, wrongful death is the legal concept that arises when a person’s death has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or business. In cases of wrongful death, family members and loved ones of the decedent can file a claim to potentially make the wrongdoer pay damages for things such as the loss of companionship, monetary damages to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided, and expenses associated with the death such as funeral and burial costs.
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. Our Illinois boat accident lawyers represent clients in the Chicago area and throughout all of Illinois who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in boating accidents and collisions. Many factors can contribute to a boating accident either on a privately owned vessel, a personal watercraft, or even a ferry.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that is the result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law.