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.

Overview of Electric Scooters (E-Scooters) in Milwaukee

The City of Milwaukee has allowed the arrival of Lime electric dockless scooters to provide more transportation choices and expand public transport.  

The law defines an electric scooter as a device that weighs less than 100 pounds and does not exceed more than 20 miles per hour when powered by an electric motor.  Electric bicycles, mopeds, and personal assistive mobility devices, for example, are not electric scooters.  

Milwaukee Electronic Scooter Laws Infographic

General Rules for Safe Riding of Electric Scooters in Milwaukee

Electric scooters are not allowed to be ridden on sidewalks.  Electric scooters are not to be operated on any public sidewalk, pedestrian path in the public parks, or on public school grounds.  

Electric scooter riders are instructed to follow all rules of the road.  Generally, electric scooters follow many of the same traffic laws as bicycles on the road.  When available, electric scooters may use the bicycle lane and any paths designated for use by bicycles. 

Riders are encouraged to use helmets while riding an electric scooter.  The maximum speed limit for electric scooters is 15 mph.  

Drivers of motor vehicles may overtake electric scooters so long as vehicle drivers exercise due care.  Vehicles must allow a safe distance, not less than 3 feet clearance, when passing the electric scooter.  

Parking of Electric Scooters 

When parking electric scooters, the general goal is to keep streets and pedestrian walkways unobstructed.  The electric scooter may be parked on the sidewalk or similar areas designated for the parking of bicycles.  

If Injured in an Electric Scooter Accident, Consult an Experienced Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney

It is important that vehicle drivers, electric scooter riders and even pedestrians understand the rules of the road for e-scooters.  If you have been injured in an electric scooter accident, you should consult an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney - Natasha Misra Law.  Call our office today at (414) 210-3834 for 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.