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Chicago Boating Accident Attorneys

Our personal injury law firm is routinely ranked as one of the top Illinois law firms, and we have been included on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Law Firms.

Victims of tragic boat accidents, explosions and crashes require the support of experienced boat accident lawyers. Clifford Law Offices’ boat accident attorneys have been representing victims of serious boating and other vehicular accidents for over 30 years. The combined attorneys’ experience at the firm adds up to hundreds of years of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. Contact Clifford Law Offices today if you have been injured in a boating accident in or near Chicago, Illinois.

"One of the 50 Elite Firms in the Country." -The National Law Journal

Billions Recovered

We have recovered over $3 billion for our clients. With over 35 years of experience, we know how to address your case as efficiently as possible and how to maximize the compensation you receive.

A boat accident can be an issue of machinery failure, manufacturing defects, improper maintenance, driver operation, inattention or inexperience, excessive speed, alcohol use, passenger behavior, or environmental hazards or conditions. Our law firm also will examine boat accident victims’ losses that include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow and mental suffering, loss of quality of life, and other possible damage claims.


Illinois Boating Accident Statistics

Ignoring safety precautions and laws can lead to critical injuries and even wrongful death. In FFY 2020, the last year for data, 21 Illinoisans died from boating accidents. This resulted in 9.7 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Here is the breakdown of these fatalities:

  • 15 people may have survived if they were wearing PFDs/life jackets
  • 18 fatalities occurred under clear conditions and 15 under calm waters
  • 20 fatalities happened under the operation of a boat owner with no formal boat safety education
  • 7 of the fatalities involved alcohol/drug impairment
  • Tragically, many of these deaths could have been avoided

Causes of Boating Injuries

Under Illinois and federal laws, boat owners and operators are generally held liable to the highest degree. This includes preventing injury to participants, keeping swimmers and other people using the waters safely, and preventing accidents with other boats. Some common accidents are caused by:

  • Equipment failure due to maintenance negligence
  • Improper training
  • Not wearing lifejackets or PFDs
  • Swamping or sinking of the boat
  • Falling overboard and running around
  • Driving the boat at excessive speeds
  • Boating during adverse weather and water conditions
  • Drug and alcohol-related issues
  • Failing to properly supervise children

Working with a Boating Injury Attorney

Boating incidents require knowledge of the interplay between injury and maritime law. Working with an experienced boating injury attorney can help the victim physically, mentally, and financially recover. This could include medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, future medical care, pain and suffering, grief, sorrow and mental suffering, loss of quality of life, and other possible damage claims.

$3 Billion

We have recovered over $3 billion for our clients. With over 35 years of experience, we know how to address your case as efficiently as possible and how to maximize the compensation you receive.

A Top Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm

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Clients in situations just like yours have come to us from the throughout the nation because when you hire us:

  • You always have an experienced lawyer on your case.
  • You always have an experienced lawyer on your case. Our extensive experience in all kinds of personal injury and wrongful death cases means that we are prepared for all types of situations. We know how to address your case as efficiently as possible and how to maximize the compensation you receive.
  • You are treated like family.
  • When you retain our services, you become a member of the Clifford Law family. We will fight for you just like we would for our own spouses, children and other family members.
  • You receive responsive communication.
  • We reply as soon as possible to all calls, emails and other correspondence, and we will take the time to answer any questions that you have.
  • Your case will be taken seriously.
  • We are well-known by opposing attorneys, who understand that Clifford Law is committed to holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.
  • Your case is in the hands of a firm other lawyers trust.
  • Other attorneys routinely send their most complex cases to us, and our peers know us as a trusted resource. When you work with us, you are working with the law firm that other lawyers trust with their most complicated issues.

About Clifford Law Offices

Since 1984, Clifford Law Offices has been dedicated to serving the needs of clients in the Chicago area and throughout the nation. Today, we are one of the premier law firms in Chicagoland and are known nationally for our success in complicated legal matters.

If we take your case, you pay us nothing and you will never write us a check; we pay all expenses upfront and we only collect if we successfully recover compensation for you.

If you would like us to assess your case and help you understand how our services can benefit your claim, please reach out to us online or call us at (312) 899-9090.

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Our Partners

robert_a_cliffordRobert A. Clifford

Founder/Senior Partner

richard_f_burkeRichard_ F. Burke


susan_a_capraSusan A. Capra


jack_j_casciatoJack J. Casciato


erin_cliffordErin Clifford


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james_c_pullosJames C. Pullos


hon_henry_r_simmonsHon. Henry R. Simmons (Ret.)

Managing Partner

craig_j_squillaceCraig J. Squillace


robert_p_walshRobert P. Walsh








Our Practice Areas


  • Aviation Accidents
  • Aviation Accident Information
  • Commercial Airline Disasters
  • Small Plane Crashes
  • Helicopter Crashes


  • Injury Overview
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Brain Injuries
  • Boat Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Explosions & Fire Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Gas Explosions
  • Grain Bin Explosions
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injury


  • Juul
  • Class Actions
  • Advocate Medical
  • Pella Windows
  • Unfair or Unexplained Denial of Claims
  • Whistleblowers
  • Talc & Talc Powder


  • Dangerous Property & Products
  • Product Liability
  • Amusement Park Accidents
  • Automobile Defects
  • Bridge Collapses
  • Child Day Care Injuries
  • Dangerous Toys & Playpens
  • Elevator Accidents
  • Negligent Security
  • Pelvic Mesh
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip-and-Fall Injuries
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Stairwell/Stairway/Uneven Steps Falls
  • Stryker Hip Implants
  • Swimming Pools
  • Unsafe Household Products


  • Medical Malpractice
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Eye Injuries
  • HAI Infections
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication Errors
  • Surgical Errors


  • Construction Accidents
  • Crane Accidents
  • Scaffolding Accidents


  • Autonomous Vehicle Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Drunk Driving/Dram Shop
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligent Truck Maintenance
  • Rideshare Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Underride Accidents

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