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Janesville, WI – Boat Accident on Rock River near Milwaukee Street Bridge Takes One Life

by | Oct 17, 2023 | Accident News |

Janesville, WI (October 17, 2023) – The Janesville Police Department confirmed that one person lost their life as a result of a boat accident that occurred in the Janesville area on Sunday evening, October 15.

The police and the Janesville Fire Department were called to the scene of the accident at approximately 4:45 p.m.

Reports show that a canoe occupied by three people was traveling on the Rock River when it capsized in the area near the Milwaukee Street Bridge.

Two of the people on the boat were able to make it to the riverbanks between the Janesville Town Square pedestrian bridge and the Milwaukee Street Bridge.

Authorities deployed units along the banks of the river to search for the third person who was missing. After approximately 20 minutes, authorities located the missing victim. After recovering the victim, authorities pronounce them deceased.

The boat accident is currently being investigated by the Rock County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Janesville Police Department.

Our sympathies go out to the family of the victim who died in this boat accident.

Fatal Boat Accidents in Wisconsin

Janesville, WI – Boat Accident on Rock River near Milwaukee Street Bridge Takes One Life

Fatal boat accidents can be especially devastating. Unfortunately, these incidents take the lives of thousands of people across the United States every year. Unfortunately, Wisconsin is not immune from seeing its fair share of these accidents occur.

After losing a loved one as a result of a fatal boat accident, your family has the ability to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party. This type of legal action can provide you with the financial resources that you need to move forward during this difficult time. Some of the damages that may be accessible to your family include:

  • Loss of consortium: You can request compensation for the loss of consortium that the accident has caused. This includes the loss of companionship, parental guidance, and services.
  • Funeral costs: Your family can request compensation for the funeral expenses for your loved one. This will help to ensure that you have the financial resources needed during this difficult time.
  • Emotional distress: If your loved one suffered as a result of the accident prior to their passing, you have the ability to get money for the pain and suffering that they experienced as a result of the accident leading up to their passing.
  • Medical expenses: If your loved one endured any medical expenses from the time of their accident to the time of their passing, you have the ability to recover the amount of money you need to alleviate these costs.
  • Property damage: Your family has the ability to get the money necessary to repair or replace damaged property following the accident.

It is in your best interest to seek guidance from a wrongful death lawyer in Janesville right away. Your attorney will be able to get started on your case and help you get the money you need moving forward.

Our fatal boat accident lawyers at Zerbst & Kluck S.C. are highly skilled and dedicated to representing families who have lost loved ones due to fatal accidents. Our team is fully committed to ensuring your family is able to hold the negligent party accountable for the actions that they committed that led to the death of your loved one. You can depend on our team to represent your legal rights and best interests at every step. To get started with a free consultation, reach out to our Wisconsin personal injury law firm by calling 608-471-5365 at your earliest convenience.

Note: When writing this accident news article, our writers utilized secondary sources, including local news sources, local and state police incident reports, social media platforms, and, occasionally, eyewitness reports. Our firm has not independently verified any of the facts pertaining to this accident. If you locate any information in this post that is inaccurate, please contact Zerbst & Kluck, S.C., right away. The article will be updated with the correct information immediately.  If requested, we will take down this post. 

Disclaimer: This post is intended to be informational. None of the information provided within this post is meant to be legal or medical advice. The picture used in this blog was not taken at this accident scene. This is not a business solicitation.