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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.