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IL boat accident lawyerMay is National Water Safety Month. Now that the weather is finally getting warmer in Illinois, many people are getting their boats ready to hit the water. These types of watercraft may include fishing, speed, pontoon, sailboats and even yachts. The Illinois Boating Education Certificate is also referred to as the Illinois Boating License. This document is proof that a person has met the mandatory boat safety education requirements for the state. However, even when all safety precautions are taken, just like vehicle collisions, a boating accident can occur, resulting in minor to serious and even fatal injuries. According to a report by the U.S. Coast Guard, there were approximately 2,500 recreational boating injuries and 633 boating fatalities in the United States in 2018. In some cases, the reckless or negligent behavior of another boater may be to blame for a boating accident.

Factors the Lead to Danger on the Water

There are many potential distractions onboard a boat, especially when there are many passengers in a party-like atmosphere. Operators of boats are expected to stay sober and alert while paying attention to their surroundings. Ignoring navigational rules on the water is considered a blatant disregard for safety. In addition, the wind, weather, and water can be unpredictable, requiring drivers to recognize early warning signs of hazards.

A few of the most common causes of a boating accident include:

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IL injury lawyerApril is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. National campaigns aimed at reducing the number of distracted driving incidents have recognized the seriousness of the issue. Distracted driving is defined as engaging in other activities that take the driver’s attention away from the road. This type of behavior behind the wheel has been shown to compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, as well as other motorists. According to the Illinois State Police, driver inattention is a factor in over one million car accidents in the United States each year.

Types of Distraction

There are three main types of distraction when it comes to driving:

  • Visual: Driver takes his or her eyes off the road
  • Manual: Driver takes his or her hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive: Driver takes his or her mind off of driving

Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that when traveling at 55 mph, reading or sending a text message takes your eyes off the road for approximately five seconds, which is long enough for a car to cover the length of a football field. In these situations, it greatly reduces the driver’s stopping distance in the event the driver in front suddenly slows down or comes to a complete stop.

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