CHICAGO BOAT ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Proven experience in drowning and boating cases.
Thousands of boaters take to Lake Michigan and Illinois waterways each summer. While many enjoy the seasonal pastime without incident, boating poses unique safety threats. Weather, operator negligence and equipment defects can lead to drownings and other serious injuries. Boat operators may cause collisions when they speed, fail to maintain a proper lookout, aren’t experienced enough to operate the watercraft or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Hazardous weather conditions such as wakes, excessively large waves, storms and rip currents often create perilous conditions that lead to serious injury, drowning and death. Boat operators may be negligent if they don’t adhere to safety warnings set forth by the National Weather Service, U.S. Coast Guard and other safety agencies. Most people killed in boating accidents die of drowning, and passengers who fall overboard commonly drown. Victims of boat crashes and their loved ones can pursue compensation for medical bills and emotional distress through litigation.
About Cavanagh Law Group
Cavanagh Law Group has obtained more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements in Illinois and across the United States. Our veteran trial attorneys are aggressive advocates who practice every facet of personal injury law and take on cases of all sizes. We operate on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless we win. At Cavanagh Law Group, we pride ourselves on attentive customer service and being there for families in their times of need. Our well respected, award-winning attorneys are available 24/7 for your questions and concerns. To schedule a free case evaluation, call 312-425-1900.
Frequently Asked Questions
Call the police immediately and file a police report. Even if the damage was minor, it is essential to document what happened with a law enforcement agency. Take photos at the scene.
Never admit fault. Your testimony could be used against you at a later date. While you are required to speak to police, there is no obligation to talk to another person’s attorney or insurance company. Avoid providing written or oral statements.
Report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as possible — but don’t admit fault. Many insurance companies have rules requiring policyholders to report crashes within a certain timeframe. Check your policy to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines.
Visit a doctor as soon as possible after the crash. Whether you’re filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, it is imperative that a medical professional documents your injuries.
Hire an attorney. Cavanagh Law Group’s team of veteran trial attorneys will help you obtain maximum benefits through meticulous research, proven strategy and expert testimony.
Yes. Illinois has comparative negligence laws, which allow injured parties to have some degree of fault in an accident and still recover reduced damages. The amount of money recovered may be proportional to the degree to which a person is at fault. Insurance companies make determinations following interviews with witnesses and involved parties and a thorough review of the accident report.
Under Illinois law, people have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. That timeframe drops to one year if the claim is against a municipal government, such as a city or county.