Summit, IL (August 9, 2020) – There were two people reportedly injured following a boating accident near Summit Township early on Saturday morning, August 8. The incident took place near the Shumway Cove area of Lake Sara.
According to the Effingham Water Authority Lake Sara Superintendent, the incident took place at around 3 a.m. The two injured parties were reportedly traveling by boat when their vessel struck a dock at the lake. The accident caused the boat to capsize.
Both of the occupants sustained injuries in the accident. At this time, the details currently available on the accident are limited. The identities of the injured parties have not been released at this time. The severity of the resulting injuries has not been made public by local authorities.
No further details on the incident have been provided. An ongoing investigation into the accident is being handled by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. More details will be made public as the investigation continues.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Boating Accidents in Illinois
The United States Coast Guard tracks the number of reported boating accidents that occur across the country each year. According to these statistics, there were 633 deadly boating accidents reported nationwide in 2018. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol and intoxication are involved in a significant portion of deadly boating accidents, being involved in 100 boating fatalities in 2018 and accounting for 19% of reported boating deaths that year. Data reveals that operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and excessive speed were the top five primary contributing factors in boating accidents across the United States.
In order to recover compensation after a boating accident, you have to determine that the negligence of another party directly contributed to your injuries. This can be difficult on your own, and many accident victims find themselves overwhelmed by the personal injury process. An experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer can help you construct a strong case, make sure your legal rights are secured, and ensure that the liable party is held accountable for their role in the accident.
When you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an Illinois boating accident, or in any way by the negligence of another person, it is important to protect your rights. At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we believe in providing top-quality legal representation to all our clients to increase their chances of a successful claim, and we have a proven track record helping accident victims obtain fair and full compensation to cover their damages after a crash. Contact our offices today at (312) 425-0401 to discuss your case today and see what our team of Illinois personal injury attorneys can do for you.
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