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The City of Crystal Lake, named by its first settlers in the 1840s for the 230-acre natural lake now mostly within its municipal boundary, is 50 miles northwest of Chicago on US Highway 14 and on the Union Pacific Northwest commuter railroad. The villages of Crystal Lake and North Crystal Lake, formerly Nunda, merged in 1914 to form the city, which celebrates its centennial anniversary next year. Crystal Lake personal injury law firms serve clients harmed by intentional or negligent torts.Burden of Proof Required to Win Personal Injury Cases
In any personal injury tort case, a plaintiff suffering physical or emotional tortious injury inflicted by the defendant must prove certain facts to obtain redress and compensation:
- that the defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care not to injure anyone,
- that the defendant failed to abide by that duty, and
- that the defendant’s failure caused the plaintiff’s injury
The facts in many personal injury cases may seem simple, but proof can turn out to be more difficult than the injured plaintiff might expect simplicity. For this reason, it is always best to contact a Crystal Lake personal injury law firm as quickly as possible for a consultation and an evaluation of any personal injury case. To demonstrate the importance of professional assistance of counsel, consideration of how a boat injury on the lake can happen and what a plaintiff must prove for redress and compensation may be useful.Illinois Law of Recreational Boating
Operators of boats and personal watercraft have a duty to operate them safely to protect passengers and others on the water. Boat accident attorneys who recover fair and complete compensation for clients injured by negligent watercraft operators regularly find utter indifference to major provisions of the Illinois law of recreational boating:
- No operation of any watercraft carelessly or heedlessly or at a speed greater than possible with reasonable care to stop it within the assured clear distance ahead.
- No operation of any watercraft to weave through congested traffic, jump the wake of another vessel at sped, wait until the last possible moment to swerve to avoid collision, or pass or approach another watercraft with a hazardous wake or wash.
- When two boats approach head on to risk collision, each must bear to the right and pass the other on its left side.
- when boats approach at right angles, the boat on has of way.
- A boat may overtake another on either side but must grant right of way to the overtaken boat.
- A motorboat approaching a boat propelled by sails or oars must yield the right except a large craft navigating a confined channel has the right of way.
- No operation of a motorboat in any area clearly marked for bathing, fishing, or otherwise restricted except as prescribed by the markers. In “No Wake” areas, no motorboat may exceed five miles per hour in speed.
- No operation at greater than “No Wake” speed of a watercraft within 150 feet of a public launching ramp owned, operated, or maintained by the state.
- When towing a person on water skis, a vessel must have at least a three-person capacity and occupied by two competent people. No water-skiing from one half-hour after sunset to one half-hour before sunrise.
- No operation of any watercraft while under the unsafe influence of alcohol or any drug.
Violation of any of these provisions may be a basis for liability for personal injury involving the boat or watercraft. Every year, negligent boat or watercraft operators injure or kill people on lakes, ponds, and rivers in Illinois. Some accidents are direct collisions. Others are passenger ejections caused by careless watercraft operation. Crystal Lake law firms regularly encounter accidents from:
- Lack of training
- Excessive speed
- People injured by boat propellers
- Use of old or improper equipment
- Poor/inadequate training
- Inattentiveness, failure to keep a proper lookout
In many Illinois boating accident cases, the conscientious Crystal Lake personal injury law firm retains recreational water safety experts to help present their cases to insurers or juries. They take this extra step to do everything to maximize the client’s recovery.Contact a Crystal Lake Personal Injury Lawyer for Advice
Contact the Crystal Lake injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC if you have been injured in a boating accident. Our attorneys will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
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