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Although we are hundreds of miles away from any ocean, boats and other watercraft are a major aspect of life in Chicago. Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the Illinois River are important navigable waterways for commercial shipping, and they are enjoyed by countless recreational boaters as well.

Unfortunately, boating accidents, injuries and deaths can and do occur in Chicago’s lakes and rivers, often due to the negligence of watercraft operators. If you’ve been seriously injured or a loved one was killed in an Illinois boating accident, our experienced attorneys at Power Rogers, LLP, can investigate the accident and help you hold the at-fault parties accountable. We are a highly respected litigation firm, and we’ve collected billions in compensation on behalf of clients and their families.

Common Types And Causes Of Boating Accidents

Our personal injury attorneys can help you seek maximum compensation for injuries and deaths involving:

  • Recreational boat crashes caused by operators who were intoxicated
  • Tour boat accidents on unsafe or overloaded vessels
  • Collisions with barges and towing vessels
  • Drownings caused by failure to provide life jackets and other critical safety equipment
  • Capsizing or collisions caused by erratic actions of jet ski operators
  • Negligent hiring and training of commercial boat operators
  • Traveling at excessive speeds, especially in shallow areas
  • Failure of motorboat operators to keep a lookout for smaller vessels like canoes, kayaks and paddleboats

Drowning is a real risk in most boating accidents. But even when they are not fatal, these accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, significant soft tissue injuries and other serious harms.

Working With A Skilled Attorney Is Critical

Boating accidents tend to be more complex than most types of automobile crashes, particularly when it comes to litigation. They may involve commercial companies carrying passengers (like ferries or tour boats), large commercial cargo vessels, rented watercraft and other factors that may add additional sources of liability.

Suffice it to say, you’ll need to hire an experienced litigator with a strong track record of success. That’s why our firm is a natural choice. Since we opened our doors in 1993, we have recovered more than $5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients. We are not afraid to take on any large corporation, an insurance company or another well-funded defendant.

Get Started With A Free Initial Consultation

To get answers to your questions and take advantage of a free case evaluation with one of our skilled attorneys at Power Rogers, call our Chicago office at 312-210-8411 or submit an online contact form.

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