Waterskiing Accident Lawyer
Individuals on water skis and jet skis are significantly more vulnerable to experiencing an injury or accident than other water activities, including boating.
Water skiers are often injured from recreational ski equipment, boat hardware, obstacles, or colliding with other vessels or objects.
Crashes often produce significant life-threatening problems to the victim similar to a car accident that includes:
- Head injury
- Nerve damage
- Fractured Bones
- Brain trauma
- Spinal cord damage
- Facial lacerations
The boating accident attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of water-skiing and boating accidents. We provide legal advice and handle your injury case every step of the way, including speaking to the insurance companies involved in providing you financial compensation for your ski accident case.
Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) to schedule a free consultation and go over your case with a personal injury attorney to open your negligence case. Let’s discuss how you were injured or lost a loved one through a preventable death caused by others’ negligent actions.
Boat and Ski Accidents Occurring on Illinois Boats and Rivers
The state of Illinois, specifically the Chicago area, is an ideal place to participate in recreational activities. The national and state parks, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, beaches, rivers, and islands around the state make the area the perfect location for outdoor fun.
Most individuals that enjoy many water sports activities, including skiing, tubing, wake-boarding, swimming, and other outdoor water activities, seldom expect to experience a boating accident. However, when personal watercraft accidents occur, it often brings life-threatening bodily harm and sometimes death.
Boating Accidents Caused by the Negligence of Boaters & Other Vessels on the Water
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boat operators, through their negligence, create the potential of an accident involving a water skier. In fact, by Illinois state law, the boater is legally bound to provide reasonable care to everyone in the water and passengers along with other boats out on the water.
When failing to follow standardized boat safety rules, anyone in or around the boat has an increased potential of experiencing bodily harm or a fatality. In some incidences, the boater can be held criminally and civilly responsible.
The boater can be reckless when piloting the watercraft while pulling a water skier by speeding, weaving, “buzzing,” or ignoring a “no wake” zone. Also, boat operators can be legally responsible for the accident when breaking BUI (boating under the influence) laws for operating the vehicle with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher.
In addition to reckless behavior or a BUI, boat operators can also be held legally responsible when piloting the vessel while distracted. Often, they travel too close to other swimmers or watercraft or steer the motorboat over others in the boat's approaching path or cross-wakes, which can cause significant bodily harm to the skier. Boat operators can also steer the vessel where obstacles become placed between the boat and the skier. A boat passenger must serve as an observer and watch the skier every moment they are in the water.
Boaters failing to shut off the propeller entirely and allowing the skier to approach the vessel may cause significant bodily harm and death.
Additionally, faulty equipment, including missing life-jackets, broken towlines, and malfunctioning sporting equipment, may cause significant bodily harm and death.
Manufacturing Defects Resulting In Injuries & Fatalities Involving Water Enthusiasts
Many cases handled by a water-skiing accident attorney involve the manufacturer's negligence or marketer of skiing equipment. Many times, there is a design defect or improper process when manufacturing skiing gear.
Other times, the equipment is marketed improperly or without proper instructions for use. Skilled attorneys have proved that third-party manufacturers and retailers were negligent in designing, manufacturing, and selling the skiing equipment, which caused severe and catastrophic bodily harm.
Danger on the Water: Common Boating Accident Injuries Involve Skiers & Tubers
Boating accident victims suffer common severe injuries. Bodily harm could include:
- Brain and head trauma
- Broken bones
- Severed extremities by the boat propeller
- Concussions and contusions
- Facial disfigurement
Whenever a water-related recreational activity leads to a serious accident causing bodily harm or fatalities, an attorney can file a personal injury claim or wrongful death action on behalf of the client.
Skilled personal injury attorneys can obtain the financial compensation required to rebuild lives, pay off medical expenses, recoup lost wages, and cover pain, suffering, emotional distress, and other challenges resulting from the accident.
Water Skiing Accident Injury FAQs
Our personal injury law firm has years of experience filing and resolving a compensation case against another boat operator or swimmer whose negligence led to bodily harm. Our legal team has answered some of those questions about boating accidents below.
Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or fill in the contact form for more answers.
What Is the Most Common Skiing Injury?
Statistics reveal that knee sprains are among the most common waterskiing accident injuries when the knee is stretched too far, causing torn ligaments and tendons. Skiers can also suffer significant knee injuries when the joint is thrust into the opposite direction, leading to extensive hospitalization and medical bills.
Many waterskiing accidents lead to severe bodily harm, including fractured wrists, cranial injuries (traumatic brain injuries), broken legs, shoulder dislocation, spinal cord injury, and foot and ankle sprains.
How Fast You Need to Go to Waterski?
According to the US Coast Guard, most skiers travel approximately 25 mph or more. However, proficient waterskiing requires more than being pulled behind a towboat at the correct speed or wearing the best skiing gear.
Knowing how to swim while wearing a life jacket or vest is crucial to avoid being injured. Safe waterskiing requires participating in the sport during calm waters in uncongested areas away from the shore, swimming areas, and docks.
Which Is Harder Water-skiing or Wakeboarding?
Compared to wakeboarding, skiing is significantly less complicated and is like using snow skiing gear. Both sports required being towed by a water vessel and following the same rules to avoid being injured.
However, wakeboarders are usually polled at approximately 19 to 22 miles an hour, where skiers are pulled at between 26 and 34 mph. The boat usually pulls the individual on skis facing forward. Alternatively, a wakeboarder moves sideways like riding on a surfboard.
Wearing a helmet while on a wakeboard at high speed is crucial to stay safe. Crashing can cause bodily harm similar to a severe car accident, leaving the victim with head trauma and broken bones.
Should You Wear a Helmet Water Skiing?
Wear an approved helmet while skiing to avoid accidents to ensure maximum safety. Also, ensure that a “spotter” is sitting safely on the back of the vessel, watching the skier at a distance close enough to talk to the boat operator.
Avoid bodily harm by letting go of the total rope when necessary to ensure a fall into the water without injuries. Never water-ski while impaired by alcohol or drugs to ensure everyone’s safety.
Is Water Skiing Safe?
According to the National Safety Council, most injuries involving boating accidents could have been prevented had the boat operator or skier followed boating rules. Many individuals suffer serious head and neck lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, broken bones, and fractured ribs when encountering the water, buoys, tow handles, water skis, and stationary jumps, much like the bodily harm in a car accident.
It is crucial to learn hand signals to communicate with the spotter or boat operator to prevent accidents. Inspect your gear including the handles, skis, and ropes, especially at the beginning of the season after the gear has been in storage for several months
Watching out for other boaters is crucial, who might not understand boating rules and regulations, lacks experience, or is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Waterskiing is best done with an experienced team of people who understand how to remain safe on the water.
What Steps Keep Me the Safest When Water Skiing?
While it is fun to learn new tricks, understanding the best safety techniques could minimize the potential of being hurt or severely injured when skiing. Learn how to remain better balanced when riding the surface of the water and know your limits at every speed to avoid accidents.
Always start slowly to avoid bodily harm at the beginning of your skiing session, use hand signals, and take tear skis only during the best weather conditions while wearing a life jacket or vest.
Hire a Personal Injury Law Firm - Receive Compensation for Your Injuries
Were you injured or did you or a loved one experience serious bodily harm resulting from a water-skiing, tubing, or wake-boarding accident? Was a loved one the victim of wrongful water-related death?
Hire the skills of an experienced waterskiing accident attorney from the law firm of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our personal injury accidents attorneys specialize in boating and water accidents involving injury.
Contact our law firm today at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) or through the contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. All discussions with our boating accident lawyers remain confidential through an attorney-client relationship.
Our Chicago, Illinois personal injury attorneys represent clients' cases in numerous practice areas including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, car accident trauma, waterskiing injuries, product liability, slip & fall cases, and wrongful death.