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.

Slip and fall accidents can lead to serious injuries. It is common for people to lose their footing on slippery surfaces or trip over obstacles and end up sustaining dislocated joints, broken bones, or head injuries.

In some cases, someone else may be responsible for the accident. Proving liability in these types of cases can be challenging. Demonstrating that you fell and sustained serious injuries is not enough to prove liability. Instead, you have to prove that the property owner overlooked the unsafe condition that caused the accident.

Here are ways to prove liability and get the compensation you deserve from a slip and fall accident in Wisconsin.

Proving Negligence

Everyone in Wisconsin, resident or not, has a legal duty to operate with reasonable care towards others. In slip and fall incidents, this means that property owners have to ensure that their property is not unreasonably dangerous.

The Wisconsin Safe Place Law

The safe place law sets higher legal standards than the typical negligence theory outlined above. The law requires employers and property owners to ensure that their property is safe enough for visitors and employees. However, this law only applies to public buildings and not private property. For instance, you cannot claim compensation under the safe place law if you sustained injuries in your neighbor’s home.

The law requires the property owners and employers to take the necessary measures to safeguard the health, life, and welfare of customers, suppliers, and employees in public buildings.

However, this does not mean that the property owners have to take every possible safety measure. Instead, they should provide a reasonable amount of safety, considering the nature of activities conducted on the premises. Proving liability under the safe place law requires you to demonstrate that the property owner or the employer had constructive or actual knowledge about the unsafe condition.

Duty of Reasonable Care

A property owner may argue that the victim knew about the dangerous condition and failed to take reasonable care to avoid it. The property owners and employers may not be held liable for slip and fall accidents resulting from open and obvious hazards.

Work with a Milwaukee Slip and Fall Attorney

Proving liability in slip and fall accidents can be challenging. Fortunately you are not alone. The Milwaukee slip and fall attorneys at the Natasha Misra Law are ready to help. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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.