Wisconsin Boating Accidents Attorneys

Mahony Law protects the rights of victims in boating and watercraft accidents throughout the state.

Wisconsin residents have access to many beautiful lakes, which are home to many recreational activities including boating, fishing, and swimming. Unfortunately, the popularity of watersports in Wisconsin also means we see our fair share of accidents on the water.

If you were injured by or while riding on a watercraft, you may have the right to pursue compensation. Contact our boat accident law firm today.

Causes of Watercraft Accidents

  • Reckless operation
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Improper operator or staff training
  • Overcrowding
  • Operation at unsafe speeds

How Boating Accident Lawsuits Work in Wisconsin

As with any personal injury case, it’s important to begin the investigation into your claim immediately. Acting quickly gives you the best chance to capture time-sensitive evidence, such as security camera footage or testimony from witnesses.

Furthermore, the state of Wisconsin requires that boating accident victims file claims within three years of the event. Otherwise, you may lose the right to pursue a claim against the at-fault parties.

At Mahony Law, we have the skill and experience to ensure that your interests are protected.
Furthermore, we’ve handled a wide range of watercraft accident cases involving:


If a boat operator lacks the appropriate skill or experience, he or she can lose control of the boat – and boats can capsize. If the operator failed to take preventative measures, or you were not provided with proper safety equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for resulting damages.

Falling Overboard

If a person falls overboard, they can strike their head on the side of the boat or land on something hazardous. Furthermore, if they were not provided with a lifejacket, they risk losing consciousness, drowning, and suffering serious injury.


Boating accidents commonly involve collisions with other vessels or stationary objects. These accidents can cause irreparable harm and damage, both to people’s property and to their health and safety.

Flooding or Sinking

When boat or watercraft operators fail to maintain their crafts properly, they can begin to leak, enter a state of disrepair, and may eventually flood or sink. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to hold the at-fault party accountable.

Why Hire a Boat Accident Lawyer?

The attorneys at Mahony Law have years of experience representing injury victims in watercraft accidents. We’re well-versed in Wisconsin’s regulations and laws, and we’ll ensure you present a winning case to the court.

Our boat accident lawyers have helped victims obtain financial settlements for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical and hospital bills
  • Future necessary medical treatment
  • Lost earning potential, income, or benefits
  • Reduced abilities or enjoyment of life

How We Build Strong Boat Injury Cases

When you retain our legal services, our boat accident attorneys will help you investigate and build your case for trial. We will pursue compensation against all liable parties, consult with relevant expert witnesses, and ensure that you receive the medical care that you need.

You’ve already been through enough in the wake of an accident – allow us to handle the complicated side of seeking justice. Our team builds winning cases for our clients by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the accident’s circumstances
  • Discussing case details with relevant experts
    Collecting evidence and interviewing eye-witnesses
  • Researching insurance policies
    Expertly negotiating with insurance companies
  • Aggressively representing clients in and outside of court

Start the Path to Earning Justice

Getting in touch with our experienced personal injury attorneys is the most important step in the process. Call today for a free consultation.

    Wisconsin Boating Accident FAQs

    If you were in a watercraft accident, your first priority should be your safety and the safety of everyone else involved. Seek medical assistance immediately, as well as police services, if necessary.

    Discuss the facts and circumstances of your injury with your healthcare provider, so they can begin to record the accident in your medical record. We will consult with experts who can take pictures, collect insurance information from any involved parties, and speak with eye-witnesses. The more evidence that we collect upfront, the easier it will be to seek compensation down the road.

    Finally, look into hiring a boat accident attorney. We offer complimentary consultations, so you can discuss the details of your case with us before making any final decisions -  free of charge.

    Wisconsin law states that negligent or reckless operation of a vessel is any behavior that causes danger to the life, limb, or property of other people. This includes speeding, as well as operating a boat while distracted or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    In the state of Wisconsin, a person must be at least 16 years old to operate a PWC. They must also have completed a boating safety course that is accepted by the Wisconsin DNR.

    The timeline of a boat injury lawsuit depends on many factors, including the amount of evidence, the severity of the injuries or damages, and how insurance companies respond. Our watercraft accident lawyers have settled some cases in months, but others have can take years to resolve.