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.

Driving in Wisconsin during the wintry weather can be stressful. The roads are slick, visibility is poor, and morning and evening commutes are dark. As a Milwaukee car accident lawyer, I want to share with you a few simple safe driving guidelines that I commonly share with family, friends and clients.

1. Wait Until Conditions Improve

Bad weather comes and goes. Even the most severe winter storms eventually let up. If you see that bad winter weather is on the radar, consider postponing your trip until the road conditions improve. Allow time for snow plows, law enforcement and other emergency responders to clear the roadways.

2. Tell Others Your Travel Plans

If you must get on the road during wintry weather, tell someone else about your planned route, and your expected arrival time. Have a fully charged cell phone and avoid backroads. Should something happen, you and your vehicle will be easier to find.

3. Clear Off Snow And Ice

Before you turn on your car, clear snow and ice away from your car’s windows, headlights, tail lights, roof and hood. Not only will this improve visibility, but it will prevent ice from sliding off your car and causing a road hazard.

4. Drive With Caution

When the roads are icy and wet, be sure to allow extra time for travel. The majority of winter car accidents in Wisconsin are caused by drivers going too fast. Even the posted speed limit, which applies to ideal travel conditions, may be too fast for current conditions. In addition to slowing down, try to keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you.

5. Turn On Your Headlights

All drivers should turn on their car’s low-beam headlights when weather conditions make it difficult to see objects ahead. Even during the daylight, it may be difficult to see other cars on the road. Turn on your headlights to improve your visibility and help people see you coming.

6. Stay In Control

Sudden braking can cause you to lose control of your car. When you are driving in wintry conditions in Wisconsin, use your brakes carefully. Begin braking early, and avoid slamming the brakes. Take turns slowly, and avoid sharp maneuvers. Lastly, never use cruise control. Even four-wheel drive vehicles require additional time to stop in snowy and icy conditions.

7. Keep A Safe Distance From Snow Plows

You should always keep a safe distance behind a snow plow. If you decide to pass, be extra cautious. Plows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure visibility. Plus, road conditions ahead of the plow are typically worse.

8. Be Mindful Of Commercial Trucks

In addition to snow plows, keep a safe distance from trucks. Pieces of snow or ice have been known to slide off the top of commercial trucks, creating hazardous conditions for cars following close behind. In addition, the large tires kick up snow and ice and can affect visibility.

9. Watch For Winter Weather Advisories

Take note of winter storm advisories and warnings posted along major highways and drive accordingly. Winter storms often have significant impact on the conditions of the road. Avoid driving in winter conditions if possible.

10. Keep Track Of Your Location

Keep an eye on your location using crossroads and key landmarks. If you are in a car accident or become stranded, you’ll be be able to describe your location to law enforcement.

Winter car accidents in Wisconsin are common, but practicing safe winter driving will help you avoid an accident and possible injury. Unfortunately, some drivers may not be as careful as you.

If you are injured by another driver’s negligence, contact a Milwaukee personal injury attorney to learn more about how you can make a full financial recovery.

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.