The family of a 10-year-old Libertyville boy have spent months mourning the loss of their young son, who was run over this summer while boating on the Chain O’Lakes. Now they are taking action. The Chicago Tribune reports they have filed suit against the driver of the boat and his girlfriend, accusing them of reckless behavior. The driver, a 51-year-old resident of Bartlett has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence of both alcohol and cocaine during the July crash. The lawsuit claims that the driver, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, operated his 29-foot boat without a lookout, at an unsafe speed, and in a reckless and dangerous manner.
The specifics of the accident are devastating to any parent. The boy and his sister were enjoying an afternoon of tubing on the Chain O’Lakes when he fell off of the tube. The boy’s father turned the boat around to pick up his son when he saw the Defendant’s boat “flying” toward the young boy, who was wearing a bright red lifejacket and was waiving his arms. Sadly, the Defendant never saw him and his horrified family watched as the oncoming boat killed their only son.
This tragedy was entirely avoidable if only the Defendant was driving responsibly. Boating accidents in Illinois happen all too often, as we luckily have an abundance of water options. All boaters must remain aware of their surroundings at all times. A boat operator and its owner must exercise the highest degree of care to prevent injuries to passengers, other boaters, and swimmers. When an owner or operator of a boat fails to exercise this high degree of care, that negligence cannot go unpunished. Our Illinois boat accident lawyers understand how much fun boating can be. We also understand that boating comes with some very serious risks, and that accidents do happen. Some of the factors that often contribute to boating accidents include driver error or inexperience, equipment failure, driving while intoxicated, and adverse weather conditions to name a few.
Our experienced boating accident attorneys have handled similar cases, representing our clients with the utmost care and concern. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while boating, please consider contacting our office for a free consultation. Our attorneys will discuss your case with you and do over the options available to you as a victim of negligence. We will also work with insurance companies and all other parties involved to ensure that your needs are handled efficiently and appropriately, instead of dragging out the case. You have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.