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.

A car accident can seriously impact your life - especially when someone else’s negligence is to blame. From the pain of serious injuries to mounting medical bills, it may feel as though you will never fully recover.

There are several important steps you need to take to ensure you are protecting your right to compensation in the wake of a serious car accident. Fortunately, you can hire a personal injury attorney who works with car accident victims who can help you every step of the way.

In this blog post, we will walk through some of the key steps that car accident victims should take in order to recover physically, emotionally, and financially.

Contact Law Enforcement After Your Accident.

The very first step you should take in a car accident in Milwaukee is to call the police - no matter how serious (or seemingly minor) your injuries are. 

The responding officer will record the details of the incident and capture them in an official accident report. You will be able to request a copy of this report from the Milwaukee Open Records Office. Once you make the request, the copy will be mailed or emailed to you.

If you are unsure of how to request a car accident report in Milwaukee, your attorney will obtain a copy of the report. The report will contain important information such as the name of the at fault party, insurance information, and the names of any witnesses.

Record the Details About Your Car Accident.

As soon as possible after the accident, be sure to also take photos of the accident scene - including your injuries and the damages to both vehicles. Additionally, speak to any eyewitnesses. Take down their contact information and names in the event you need to speak to them later about their recollection of the accident.

If you are unable to take photos of the damage at the scene of the accident, you should take photos of any damage to the vehicles or injuries shortly after the accident.

Seek Medical Treatment for Your Car Accident Injuries.

Never delay seeking necessary medical treatment after a car accident. Regardless of whether you think you can receive compensation for your car accident injuries, seek any and all treatment that you need. This will allow you to heal physically while creating a record of the injuries you sustained.

If you have questions about medical treatment after a car accident, your attorney should be able to help. At Natasha Misra Law, we make sure that our clients receive the medical care they need to fully recover.

Assess the Damage to Your Car After the Accident.

As soon as possible after the accident - and once you’ve received the medical treatment you need - assess the damage to your vehicle. At Natasha Misra Law, we also help our clients with the process of repairing or replacing their vehicle at no additional fee.

Seek Legal Help from a Car Accident Attorney

No matter how serious your accident, it is recommended that you speak with an experienced Milwaukee car accident attorney. Your attorney will file the necessary insurance claims to seek compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. 

Numerous complications can arise when it comes to filing a claim. If the other driver was uninsured, you may choose to file a claim for your own uninsured motorist coverage, but often, insurers will limit the amount owed to you. And when you file a claim against the other driver’s insurance if he was insured, adjusters often limit your damages award as much as possible in order to protect their bottom lines. 

A skilled personal injury attorney can investigate the facts of your case, request an accident report, collect your medical records and bills, and present your file in a way that maximizes your settlement amount. 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Natasha Misra Law today to schedule a free 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.