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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are choosing to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. Although there are fewer drivers, cyclists and pedestrians taking to the streets, unexpectedly the rate of serious and deadly accidents has increased as drivers become more reckless.

Additionally, many individuals are suffering from accident injuries that occurred before COVID-19. For personal injury victims, COVID-19 presents a handful of challenges for dealing with their claims and getting the compensation they deserve. Medical treatment for injuries may be difficult to access. There may be more uninsured drivers on the road.

If you were injured in an accident before or during coronavirus, you should speak with a Wisconsin personal injury attorney about your accident injuries. Natasha Misra Law is open and available to discuss your case with a free consultation.

Settling a Personal Injury Case During COVID-19

COVID-19 is causing serious financial pressure for individuals, families and businesses. The current stay at home order has forced businesses to close, leading to unemployment and reduced pay.

This financial hardship may create pressure for unrepresented accident victims to accept quick settlement offers for their injuries. Settlement money could bring much needed financial relief. For accident victims who do not have an attorney, insurance companies may try to leverage the current economic climate for their benefit and diminish the value of their claims, delay payments or deny their claims altogether.

While it may be tempting to accept an initial settlement offer from an insurance company during COVID-19, I always recommend speaking with an attorney prior to signing any documents. This will ensure that your rights to a full financial recovery after an accident are protected.

Receiving Medical Treatment for Injuries During COVID-19

During COVID-19, you may find it difficult to seek medical treatment for your injuries or visit your doctor’s office for ongoing treatment. Stay at home orders may prevent you from leaving home. Your doctor’s office may be open to only emergency cases. You may even be feeling COVID-19 related symptoms yourself. However, telemedicine may be available to you in order to continue your treatment and keep medical appointments while maintaining safe social distancing.

Telemedicine is being frequently used to help individuals gain access to medical treatment during COVID-19. For example, telehealth allows accident victims to speak with medical professionals through teleconferencing and by phone. In addition, physical therapy sessions can also be conducted through teleconferencing. Many providers also have portals that allow patients to communicate with their health care provider through an online patient portal.

If you are unsure of how you can continue to receive medical treatment during COVID-19, you should reach out to your doctor or medical provider to learn what options are available to you. By discussing those options with your doctor or medical provider, you will be able to continue to receive the necessary treatment that you deserve in order to recover from your injuries.

Lapses in Auto Insurance Coverage During the Coronavirus

Some Wisconsin-based auto insurers are providing financial relief to their customers through refunds and discounts during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not all drivers will receive these benefits. As more drivers lose their jobs, receive pay cuts and fall behind on monthly bill payments, there may be more uninsured drivers on the road.

If you are injured in a car accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver, then you will need to seek compensation from your own insurance company under your uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. You may also have a claim against the personal assets of the at-fault driver; however, recovering compensation from uninsured individuals may be difficult, especially when they are already experiencing financial hardship.

Even when you are dealing with your own insurance company, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to ensure you receive the full benefit of your insurance claim.

Contact a Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyer

During COVID-19, it is important to continue to seek medical treatment, follow treatment plans, and work with your personal injury attorney to build the best case possible. If you have been recently injured in an accident, you should seek medical attention for your injuries and speak with a personal injury attorney about your case.

If you have questions about how COVID-19 may impact your personal injury case, call Natasha Misra Law today at (414) 210-3834.

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.