Every year, millions of Americans take to rivers, lakes, and oceans in motorboats to enjoy a little high-speed aquatic fun. From jet-skiing and fishing to simply cruising over the waves, boats offer a unique opportunity to get away from the daily grind and enjoy the outdoors.
Sadly, accidents involving motorboats are also very common. Although these numbers have generally been on the decline over the past few decades, recreational boating still accounts for nearly 8,000 major accidents every year – including over 4,000 injuries and nearly 800 fatalities.
Over half of those killed in motorboat accidents drowned after the boat in which they were riding capsized. Of these, the vast majority were not wearing life preservers. Other common types of motorboat incidents include:
Driver inexperience or recklessness accounts for a large percentage of these accidents, with consumption of alcohol being a major contributing factor as well. Drunken boaters are almost tenfold more likely to suffer fatal injuries or drown in the event of an accident, due to diminished coordination and judgment, as well as an increased susceptibility to hypothermia.
Negligent motorboat operation can be deadly to driver and passenger alike. If you or someone you know has been affected by a motorboat-related injury and you believe the operator or another party was at fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Contact the Sheboygan personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (920) 459-8000 to learn more about your legal options.