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.

When it comes to personal injury, no two cases are the same. Every client is different, and the cause and severity of their injuries varies. However, the process of filing a personal injury claim is fairly similar regardless of how an accident occurred. In this blog post, we provide a general overview of the process of filing a personal injury case.

Consultation With a Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the first thing you must do is seek a medical diagnosis for your injuries. The second thing you should do is contact a personal injury attorney. Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations and provide representation on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not pay any attorney fees unless your case is successful.

During this conversation, the attorney will assess your case by looking at how the accident was caused, the extent of your injuries, and whether or not there is access to financial recovery through insurance. If the attorney believes that you have a case, and you feel as though the attorney would be a good fit for you, then you will have the opportunity to hire that attorney to represent you.

Investigate Your Personal Injury Claim

Once you have hired a personal injury attorney, your attorney will begin investigating your accident. Your attorney may, for example, obtain an accident report, collect medical bills, seek witness statements, take photographs of property damage, evaluate your earning capacity, and more.

At Natasha Misra Law, our Milwaukee personal injury attorney work with medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and other professionals to help establish liability for your accident. More importantly, we will keep you informed at each stage of the investigation to ensure all potential sources of recovery are identified and pursued.

Sending a Demand Package

Once your personal injury attorney has investigated your accident and assessed the value of your claim, they will send a demand package to your insurer or the insurer of the person responsible for your injuries. This package of materials will include the necessary documentation for the insurance company to evaluate your claim. It includes documents such as medical records, medical bills, permanency reports, photographs, loss of earnings calculations, mileage reimbursement, etc.

The insurance adjuster will review the demand and respond accordingly by extending an offer or at times rejecting the demand. Once an offer is extended, both sides commonly begin negotiations in effort to reach a settlement.

Some attorneys will look for quick, easy settlements. At Natasha Misra Law, we provide a personalized approach to personal injury and will negotiate to get you the compensation you deserve.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

If a settlement is not able to be reached after the demand is reviewed by the insurance company, then your personal injury attorney should be ready to file a personal injury lawsuit. At Natasha Misra Law, we will work closely with you to file a lawsuit and fight for your rights to ensure you obtain full compensation for your losses and injuries.

Get Started Today

The first step to getting compensation for your injuries is an initial consultation with a Milwaukee personal injury attorney. At Natasha Misra Law, we offer free consultations. Call our office today to speak with an attorney about your case and determine the best next steps.

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.