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.

If you have been in a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to identify and treat all car accident related injuries. Some car accident injuries are obvious, like a broken bones, cuts and bruises. Others may not be so obvious, such a soft tissue injuries and brain damage.

The following have been identified as the most common car accident injuries.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The most common injuries sustained in a car accident are soft tissue injuries. In a car accident, connective tissue such as tendons, ligaments and muscles may be damaged by the force of impact.

When filing an insurance claim, these types of injuries are often difficult to prove. Succeeding on a personal injury claim involving soft tissue injuries may hinge on a medical examination.

If you have sustained soft a tissue injury related to a car accident, it is imperative you should seek immediate medical attention for a diagnosis.

 

Cuts and Lacerations

Other common injuries suffered in auto accidents include cuts and lacerations. These injuries may be caused by loose objects in the car, such as books, cell phones, sunglasses and coffee mugs. These loose items may become airborne, creating a hazard of injury. Glass may also break, metal may be bent and sharp edges may become exposed during a car accident. 

Cuts and lacerations are often treated with stitches or surgery. Minor cuts and lacerations may heal over time, but more severe cuts can lead to long-term health complications, permanent disfigurement and painful scarring.

Documenting these injuries following a car accident can help you prevail on your personal injury claim. In addition to seeking medical treatment, you may want to photograph your injuries following the accident.

 

Broken Bones

Broken bones are another common form of injury to follow car accidents involving high-speed collisions. Impact with the interior components of like the steering wheel, dashboard and even an airbag can lead to broken wrists, arms, legs and ribs.

Like major cuts and lacerations, broken bones will require medical treatment. Broken bones are often treated with casts or surgey, depending on the severity of the break. Injuries involving broken bones may take months to heal in addition to years of physical therapy. in the most serious cases, broken bones can cause long-term damage and affect your quality of life.

When making an insurance claim for an auto accident, you will need to take into account any ongoing medical expenses related to broken bones. For example, your injuries may require ongoing surgery or physical therapy.

 

Head Injuries

Head injuries caused by a car accident may be more difficult to self-diagnose, which is why seeking a proper medical evaluation immediately following an accident is so important. Head injuries can range from a concussion to traumatic brain injury, and can significantly impact your quality of life.

 

Internal Injuries

Some injuries may not be visible following a car accident. For example, internal bleeding and damage to organs may occur in car accidents. Such injuries require immediate medical attention and treatment.

 

Spine, Neck and Back Injuries

Injury to the spine, neck and back are other common car accident injuries, the most common being whiplash.

Whiplash, which is a form of soft tissue injury, occurs when connective tissue in the back is stretched due to sudden rapid movement.

In the worst of cases, spine, neck and back injuries may also lead to paralysis or even death. Those suffering from pain in their spine, neck or back after a car accident should consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Contact A Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer

If you are injured in a car accident, you should seek immediate medical attention for diagnosis and treatment. If you have been injured in a car accident in Wisconsin, you should also seek the advice of a Milwaukee car accident lawyer. Call Milwaukee personal injury attorney Natasha Misra at 1-800-989-6385 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.