Boating Accident Lawyers in Indiana and Illinois

Compensation for watercraft injuries

Visitors converge on the peaceful lakes of Northwest Indiana to enjoy their pristine beauty and quiet serenity. A fun family outing can quickly turn into tragedy, however, when boaters fail to abide by safety standards and basic respect for other boaters, swimmers and water sport enthusiasts. The members of the Rubino, Ruman, Crosmer & Polen legal team have spent their lives on the waters of the region and are dedicated to preserving their safe enjoyment for residents and tourists. We hold negligent boaters accountable for:

  • Speed boat crashes
  • Boat collisions
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Swimmers injured by boats
  • Kiteboarders, skiers and paddle boarders hit by boats

Understanding the causes of boating injuries

If you are injured in or by a watercraft, you require the extensive knowledge of a boating accident attorney. Indiana and Illinois laws govern the safe operation of watercraft and the rules of right of way. Boaters are responsible for knowing and obeying statutes regarding:

  • Minimum age requirements for driving motorized vessels
  • Speed and no-wake restrictions
  • Water right of way rules and interference with navigation
  • Maximum weight and horsepower capacity
  • Proper nighttime and navigation lighting
  • Correct equipment for the type of watercraft
  • Functioning fire extinguishers
  • Visual distress signaling devices
  • Personal floatation devices (PFD) or life vests
  • Boating under the influence (BUI)
  • Water skiing, wakeboa