Summertime in Wisconsin is perfect for enjoying time on the water. Whether you are setting sail on a family-friendly pontoon, fishing boat, or old canoe, a day on the lake just can’t be beaten.

However, there are safety risks involved with boating. Speeding, negligence, drinking, and inexperience are all common causes of boating accidents in Wisconsin. In this post, we want to share a few tips to help you stay safe on the water this summer.

How to Stay Safe While Boating in Wisconsin

  • Wearing a life jacket - According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 80% of boating accident deaths could be avoided by wearing life jackets. When a boating accident occurs, you have limited time to stretch and get your stowed life jackets. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that you and everyone on board has a life jacket while boating.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol - Alcohol consumption while boating is illegal and endangers the lives of everyone on board. Remember that intoxicated swimmers and passengers are also more likely to drown.
  • Be weather-wise - Whether you are operating a boat during the summer, spring or fall season, always consider carrying a radio and watching out for the weather. Sometimes, wind shifts and choppy water can be telltale signs of a brewing storm. Get to shore as soon as you realize the weather is about to change.
  • Don’t overload the boat - It’s essential to follow your boat’s load limit restrictions. Overloading your boat can make it unstable and surge the risk of swamping or capsizing.
  • Ensure all operators are trained - Human error is a leading cause of boating accidents. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that all operators can effectively navigate and operate the boat. You can do this by ensuring boating operators take a boating safety course that includes reading the weather, boat handling, and navigation.
  • Maintain a safe speed - Like on the road, you can face penalties or fines for overspeeding on the water. Since there are no lanes on water and different water vessels zig-zag everywhere, it can be challenging for speeding boats to avoid collisions. Therefore, it is essential to ensure you excess caution and obey the speed limits.

What Should You Do After a Boating Accident?

After a boating accident, you should ensure that everyone on board is safe. If there are injuries, loss of life, property damage in excess of $2,000 or the total loss of a boat, you are required to report the incident to law enforcement without delay.  

As with other accidents, it is essential to gather evidence immediately. You need to collect police reports, witness testimonies, videos, and photos of the scene. A Milwaukee boating accident attorney will help you gather the evidence you need to establish a strong case against the party at fault.

Contact a Milwaukee Boating Accident Attorney

At Natasha Misra Law, we are ready to help you get the compensation you need to move forward after a boat accident. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist in strengthening your case.

Taking your motorcycle out on the open road in Wisconsin is a feeling like no other. But when motorcycle accidents occur, there is little to protect a biker aside from a helmet and padded jacket.

Motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injury, even death. In Wisconsin alone, there have been 107 motorcycle fatalities between 2017 and 2018.

Those injured in a motorcycle accident through no fault of their own may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and should seek the guidance of a Wisconsin motorcycle accident lawyer.

To help you avoid the need for a Milwaukee motorcycle accident lawyer, here are seven must-use motorcycle safety tips. 

 

1. Get The Right Gear

Everyone who rides a motorcycle should wear protective gear, no matter how skilled or experienced they are. This includes, of course, a well-built helmet designed to cover your face. But aside from a helmet, motorcyclists should wear a leather or reinforced jacket, gloves, full length pants and boots.

While wearing all black is undeniably cool, bikers should consider wearing bright colors to increase their visibility on the road. A reflective strip can also help other motorists see you once the sun sets.

 

2. Check Your Bike

Prior to hitting the road, all bikers should perform a quick check of electrical and motor systems on their motorcycle. Simply flash the lights, turn on the directional signals, honk the horn, check tire pressure and give the chain and brakes a second look. A simple pre-ride check can help you avoid mechanical trouble once you are on the road.

 

3. Wear Your Helmet

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: wear a helmet! Did you know that bikers who ride without a helmet are 40 percent more likely to suffer from a fatal head injury, and three times more likely to suffer traumatic brain injury? A simple way to reduce your odds of severe head trauma is buying a full-face motorcycle helmet. 

Already have one? You should consider buying a new one if it is five years old or older. Technological improvements are being made every day, and having the latest gear can help keep you safe in the event of a motorcycle accident.

 

4. Practice

Everyone on a bike should take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) riding course to learn the best and safest riding techniques. MSF courses teach emergency maneuvers, as well as advanced techniques, which could mean the difference between a slide and a collision. Completion of a MSF course could also help you save money with insurance rates and other motorcycle dealer specials.

 

5. Buy The Right Bike For You

Hopping onto the wrong motorcycle could lead to an accident. Depending on the rider, a bike may be too big and too powerful. Riders should purchase bikes that they can safely operate. For example, both feet should be able to rest flat on the ground. In addition, the handlebars should be within reach, and the bike should not be too heavy to lift off its stand.

 

6. Ride In Fair Conditions

Bikers should not take out their motorcycles in poor weather conditions. Water on the road can reduce traction and visibility, making it difficult to safely operate a motorcycle. If you are caught in bad weather while on the road, remember to turn on your light, gently use your throttle, ease on the brakes and slow while turning to avoid sliding.

 

7. Use Defensive Driving

To avoid motorcycle accidents, you should practice defensive driving. That means being alert, using a signal for lane changes, following other vehicles at a safe distance and abiding by the local traffic laws.

Perhaps most importantly, you should never ride your motorcycle when you are tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you should seek the counsel of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Wisconsin, Milwaukee personal injury attorney Natasha Misra today for a free case consultation.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.