If you’ve been in a boating accident in Central Illinois, you need the proven skill and knowledge of the injury attorneys

Boating is a pastime that thousands of Illinoisans participate in throughout the year. Occasionally, accidents can happen due to the negligence of others. When looking for help after a boating accident, you need a Central Illinois attorney who has:

  • Experience handling serious personal injury lawsuits.
  • A strong background in representing victims of boating accidents.
  • Won millions in damages for clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

If you’ve been in a boating accident in Central Illinois, you need the proven skill and knowledge of the injury attorneys - Schum Law - with many years of experience representing victims of boating accidents caused by another’s negligence.

During the summer months, Clinton Lake, Lake Mattoon, Lake Decatur, Lake Shelbyville and Lake Vermilion can get highly congested with boaters, water skiers, tube riders and fishermen. When alcohol, inattention, and operator inexperience are added to the mix, accidents frequently result. According to the US Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division's 2010 report, alcohol was a factor in almost 20% of cases, and boating accidents caused approximately $35.5 million dollars of property damage. Although many do not know it, if an accident occurs on a boat, Illinois law requires that the boat operator must file an accident report. Accidents that result in death or serious injury to any person must be reported to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by the vessel operator within 48 hours of the accident. All other reportable accidents must be reported to the DNR within five days.

That boating accident may entitle you to compensation for those injuries. The Schum Law injury attorneys have experience representing clients who were seriously injured while boating, fishing or using a personal watercraft, and have won millions of dollars in settlements for their clients. You will never have to pay any fees up front and we only get paid if you are awarded monetary compensation.

If you’ve been injured in a boating accident, contact us for a free case evaluation for your injuries. If you can’t come to our office, we will meet you where it is most convenient. We can help you recover the damages you need and deserve from injuries suffered on the water.

Take prompt action.

Illinois law requires accidents to be reported within 48 hours to five days depending on the severity. We will help you seek the proper compensation you deserve. Contact Us or at (217) 239-6640 to speak with a skilled and experienced boating injury lawyer.

Accidents happen

Relaxed boating on the lake often involves alcohol, and accidents are already common enough without adding alcohol to the mix. We represent persons injured in accidents such as the following:

  • Collisions resulting from operator inattention or inexperience
  • Collisions involving speeding and/or alcohol
  • Boat or boat-and-swimmer collisions
  • Collisions involving water skiers, jet skis, or wave runners
  • Propeller and motor accidents
  • Drowning
  • Dock and shore collisions
  • Underwater hazard accidents

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