We have a lot of lakes in Northwest Indiana and recreational boating can be fun and enjoyable. Recreational boating accidents are a real concern because of the potential loss and devastation of human life and property. The United States Coast Guard reported 4168 accidents in which 556 people died and over 1,785 people were injured in 2011. These boating accidents also accounted for over $52 million dollars in property damage. In 2019, Indiana reported 40 boating accidents. In these recreational boating accidents, 16 people died, 20 were injured, and almost $126,000 worth of property was damaged. Most of the folks who lost their lives in these accidents did so because they weren't wearing a life jacket.
When recreational boating accidents are caused by the carelessness and negligence of another person, the injured person can recover damages from the owner and/or driver of the boat. If you or anybody you know was injured in a Northwest Indiana boating accident, whether on Lake Michigan, Pine Lake, Lakes of the Four Season, Lake Elisa or any of our other 100s of lakes, contact one of the boating accident lawyers at Guy DiMartino Law.
Finding a LaPorte County Indiana Boating Accident Lawyer
We are committed to helping people injured in Indiana boating accidents receive fair and just compensation for their injuries. Boating accident law has a tendency to be complex because there are a number of insurance coverage issues. The boating injury attorney also has to have a working knowledge of Maritime/Admiralty law, which has a number of rules and laws that can actually limit a boat owner's liability in these cases. When choosing a boat accident lawyer, you need to ask that lawyer if he/she has successfully handled these types of cases.
Boating Accidents Causes & Consequences
The top five causes of boating accidents nationwide include
- Inattentive operation of the boat
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Machinery failure or breakdown.
All of these causes are preventable if the boat owner or operated followed simple safety rules. Alcohol also has no place in recreational boating and was considered the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
Injuries from boating accidents can include broken bones, burns, internal injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and deep lacerations from propeller injuries. The leading cause of death from recreational boating accidents is drowning.
Reported injuries in Boating Accidents
In 2019, there were over 2,500 reported injuries nationwide. The highest number of injuries included lacerations and broken bones. Other reported injuries included:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Hypothermia (cold exposure)
- Electric Shock
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Contact a LaPorte County Indiana Boating Accident Lawyer
Our Indiana boating accident lawyers have the experience to sort through these complicated issues, stand up to the insurance companies, and fight for a fair and equitable settlement. If you or someone you know has been injured in an Indiana boating accident, call Guy DiMartino Law at (219) 690-8997 to speak to an Indiana lawyer experienced in handling boating claims.