It's common for many people to enjoy the open water in a boat or personal watercraft throughout the summer. Whether used as a means of transportation or recreation, all types of watercraft can be extremely dangerous if not operated safely or all applicable laws are not followed. This includes WaveRunners and Jet Skis.
Common distractions on watercraft include alcohol, music, and general socializing. Any of these factors can easily affect a boat operator's judgment and impair his ability to safely operate the vessel. This can lead to serious injuries and even death.
The busiest inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States is the Illinois Fox River Chain O'Lakes. Only an hour's drive from Chicago, Milwaukee, and Rockford, the area has over 7,100 acres of water, 15 lakes, and 45 miles of river. Referred to as the "Key West of the Midwest," it's a popular area for boating, swimming, tubing, water skiing, hunting, and fishing.
As an owner of a lakefront property on the Chain O'Lakes, Michael Nykaza of the Law Offices of Michael J. Nykaza is familiar with the area, the boating conditions, and the sometimes-dangerous nature of these congested waterways. Unlike highways and roadways with clearly delineated lanes, traffic signals, and signs, the waterways are wide open.
If you've been injured in a boat or personal watercraft, you need an attorney who's knowledgeable of all applicable rules so that your rights are effectively protected. Thanks to personal experience with boats and other watercraft, Michael J. Nykaza is able to aggressively protect your rights and present your best case.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FREE consultation, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.