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Boating Accidents


With St. Louis and the entire eastern Missouri region replete with lakes and rivers, boating is a common social activity in Missouri. From Lake of the Ozarks to the Missouri River, Mississippi River, Tablerock Lake, Clearwater Lake, and other popular areas, residents of Missouri enjoy the water. Unfortunately, every year hundreds of people are injured or killed as the result of negligent operation of watercraft. When injury or death occurs because of someone’s negligent operation of a boat, an experienced accident attorney should be consulted. For a free consultation on all boating accident injuries, contact attorney John M. Cichelero He can be reached at 314-205-2886 or by e-mail.


Boat accidents can leave their victims with serious injury. With boat passengers riding unrestrained, a boating accident can cause a passenger to be thrown from their seat forcefully striking the inside of the boat. This type of unrestrained, high-speed impact within the boat can cause serious bodily injury or death. At times, the impact may eject a passenger out of the boat, causing injury or death from trauma or drowning.

Accidents involving Jet Skis or WaveRunners are common because their small size makes them hard to see at times. Jet Ski and WaveRunner operators also frequently try to jump the wake of larger boats. In the process, the Jet Ski or WaveRunner operator may engage in a zigzag pattern causing them to cut in front of other watercraft. This can be a dangerous maneuver and easily can cause and accident.

Sports like water skiing, tubing, kneeboarding, or wake boarding also can lead to serious injury or death. When inattention or some other negligent action causes a boat operator to strike a downed skier or tuber, the resulting injury may be catastrophic.

Boating accidents also can be the result of operator error or negligence without a collision with another boat or object. At times, boat operators are unfamiliar with the body of water that they are navigating, and they might run aground. They also may strike waves or wakes at a speed and in a manner that causes boat passengers to become airborne or ejected.


Many boating accidents are attributed to the use of alcohol by a boat operator. Missouri has strict laws against boating while intoxicated (BWI). When a serious accident, injury, or even death occurs because a boating operator is impaired, the operator must be held accountable. For more information on Missouri’s laws against boating while intoxicated, visit this website.


A boat accident lawyer in Missouri should be familiar with both the federal and state rules that apply to the operation of watercraft. The United States Coast Guard and the Missouri Water Patrol each publish handbooks outlining a boater’s responsibilities. The Missouri Water Patrol website also has useful safety tips and information to avoid boating accidents. That information can be found at this website.


If you have been injured in a boating accident, contact attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886.

Mr. Cichelero serves clients in many metropolitan areas within Missouri, including St. Louis, Festus, Hillsboro, Farmington, Potosi, Fredericktown, Jefferson City, Columbia, Rolla, St. Charles, St. Peters, O’Fallon and most other cities and counties within Missouri. He also represents clients in some metro east areas, such as Granite City, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Fairmont City, Alton, Fairview Heights, Belleville, and Shiloh.

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