Boating Accident

While being on the water is fun, being hurt due to someone else's negligence is not. Let the experienced Southern Illinois boating accident lawyers at Hassakis & Hassakis take your case.

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Boating Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois


Boating Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. Whether fishing with friends or taking your family for a day on the water, boating is a fun recreational activity. Boating, however, also presents a lot of danger which can sometimes lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Boating collisions and personal watercraft collisions — including accidents involving jet skis, sailboats, and powerboats — can cause serious personal injuries or even death. Boating injury victims have the right to receive compensation under the law when those injuries are the result of negligent or careless operation of a boat.

The experienced Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at Hassakis & Hassakis have helped many people before who have been in boating accidents caused by someone else's negligence and are ready to help you today. Our law firm has been representing the people of Southern Illinois in boating accidents since 1950. We have the experience to help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

  • Failed equipment
  • Not properly repairing a boat
  • Inattention from the boat's pilot
  • Poor weather
  • Operating while intoxicated/impaired
  • Adverse water conditions
  • Colliding with another boat/structure
  • Colliding with a swimmer

Boating Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


When you have been injured in a boating accident, turn to the Illinois personal injury law firm you can trust. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois residents recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury case.

Serving Southern Illlinois Since 1950

Boating Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois


Boating Accident Lawyer Southern Illinois. Whether fishing with friends or taking your family for a day on the water, boating is a fun recreational activity. Boating, however, also presents a lot of danger which can sometimes lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Boating collisions and personal watercraft collisions — including accidents involving jet skis, sailboats, and powerboats — can cause serious personal injuries or even death. Boating injury victims have the right to receive compensation under the law when those injuries are the result of negligent or careless operation of a boat.

The experienced Southern Illinois personal injury attorneys at Hassakis & Hassakis have helped many people before who have been in boating accidents caused by someone else's negligence and are ready to help you today. Our law firm has been representing the people of Southern Illinois in boating accidents since 1950. We have the experience to help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents

  • Failed equipment
  • Not properly repairing a boat
  • Inattention from the boat's pilot
  • Poor weather
  • Operating while intoxicated/impaired
  • Adverse water conditions
  • Colliding with another boat/structure
  • Colliding with a swimmer

Boating Accident Lawyers in Southern Illinois

Injury Law Practice Areas


When you have been injured in a boating accident, turn to the Illinois personal injury law firm you can trust. The attorneys of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C. are accomplished lawyers in all areas of personal injury law and have been trusted by the Southern Illinois community for generations. With your best interests at heart and a track record of successfully helping Illinois residents recover from devastating events by obtaining the compensation they deserve, the personal injury lawyers of Hassakis & Hassakis offer the best legal representation available for you and your family after you have been injured in a car accident, workplace accident, dog bite, or any other type of personal injury case.

What Are Some Common Boating Accidents?


If you are injured, or someone you love has been critically injured in a boating accident caused by another person's negligence, know that you are not alone. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, every, more than safety laws that are on the books in Illinois to protect boaters. In these cases, negligence is automatically assumed, and injured victims are not required to prove it. As an example: it is illegal to operate a boat in a "No Wake" zone, such as an area clearly marked for fishing or swimming or within 150 feet of a public launch ramp, at a speed higher than 5 mph. If a boat pilot was operating their watercraft in one of these zones at a higher speed, they would be in violation of the law. If any accident was directly caused by speeding in a "No Wake" zone, the operator would automatically be deemed responsible under the law.

  • Common-law negligence—these claims involve showing that a boat operator or someone responsible for maintaining a boat (for instance, the owner of a rented boat) was more careless than a reasonable body would have been in a similar situation, and that said carelessness directly led to an accident.
  • In these cases, having an experienced Southern Illinois boating accident lawyer on your side can help determine which legal strategy is best for your boat wreck claim.

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    Illinois Boating Accident Statistics

    Each year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources publishes the Recreational Boating Report, a full and total look at boating statistics across the state ranging from the amount of people who took boating safety courses the previous year to the number of boats across the state. It also includes a complete listing of boating accidents for the previous year, which shed quite a bit of light on just how boating accidents occur and where they are most common. Among other stats, in a reporting period from October 2019 to September 2020, there were:

    • 81 total boat accidents in the state
    • 36 injuries sustained in boat accidents
    • 21 boat accident fatalities
    • 19 total fatalities due to drowning
    • 102 arrests for boating while under the influence
    • 863 written citations handed out for violations (such as not having flotation devices or not having a license number displayed), and 3.208 written warnings (which are given out for not having certain required safety items on a boat, like a battery cover, whistle/horn, or fire extinguisher

    While Cook County was home to the most boat accidents in the state (primarily due to the presence of Lake Michigan, home to 12 accidents and 3 fatalities), Southern Illinois bodies of water still carried their share of danger. Jersey County saw two accidents on the Illinois River, Clinton County had three accidents, Rend Lake was responsible for six accidents including a fatality, and both Lake Sara in Effingham and Lake Springfield had one accident each.

    Southern Illinois Boat Accident Attorneys | Hassakis & Hassakis

    Boating accidents are often severe and confusing to navigate. Boating laws vary depending on the type of water vehicle involved (for instance, there are different rules for jetskis than speedboats), but a Southern Illinois boating accident lawyer can analyze your situation, determine if you can recover compensation, and help you pursue a boating accident claim against the negligent party responsible. If we determine that you have a valid boating accident claim, you could be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills, mental and physical distress, loss of income, property damage, and any other damages that you or your loved one suffered because of the accident.

    Call Hassakis & Hassakis at (618)-244-5335 or talk to us online to speak with an attorney and schedule a free, no-obligation review of your Illinois boating accident case. Our firm has been trusted by generations of Southern Illinois residents because we are proud to be part of this community and are driven to get our friends and neighbors the best possible outcomes for their personal injury case.

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