Canton, IL (July 15, 2020) – Was person was confirmed to have died following a boating accident in Fulton County on Sunday, July 12. The incident occurred at the Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area.
At this time the circumstances of the accident are unclear but one individual of the two occupants of the boat entered the water and that individual was unable to re-enter the vessel, causing him to drow. The identity of the deceased victim is currently unknown.
An ongoing investigation into the incident is underway.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Deadly Boating Accidents in Illinois
There were nearly 12 million registered boating vessels in 2017. That year, there were 4,291 boating accidents contributing to 658 fatalities, according to the United States Coast Guard. The boating fatality rate that year was reported at 5.5 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. That is a 6.8% increase from 2016.
The grief and devastation of losing a loved one due to another’s negligence is nearly unbearable. Surviving family members often take on damages resulting from the accident, and they may be able to recover lost compensation by pursuing a wrongful death claim with the help of an experienced Illinois personal injury attorney. In an Illinois wrongful death claim, a representative of the decedent’s estate – usually a close family member – seeks damages from those at fault for the person’s death to obtain compensation for damages.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we understand the grief and pain that families experience when a family member is killed. While no amount of money can bring back a lost family member, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can help families address the financial difficulties associated with the accident. Our legal team is dedicated to making sure that each of our clients recovers the compensation they deserve after losing a loved one. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to see what our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can do for you.
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