Michigan Boat Accident Lawyers
Statistics reveal that Michigan is the state with the second largest number of registered boats at 1,00,337. A large number of people in Michigan enjoy boating. While boating can be a delightful recreational activity, it can also be dangerous. When boating accidents do occur, and another party is responsible, victims can unexpectedly end up facing a large number of unforeseen obstacles including large medical bills and life-changing injuries.
If you or a loved is involved in a boating accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, it is critical to quickly obtain the assistance of a skilled accident attorney who will remain committed to making sure that you receive adequate compensation. At Jay Trucks & Associates PC, we refer to ourselves as Michigan’s attorneys because we have the skill and experience necessary to make sure that boat accident victims obtain compensation.
Typical Examples of Boating Accidents in Michigan
Our law firm has seen boating accidents occur in many ways, but some of the most common include the following example:
- Boat passengers. Boat passengers who are careless or reckless in where they sit on the boat can obstruct the view of the boat’s operator, which can lead to accidents.
- Excessive speeding. Much like motor vehicle drivers, boat operators are expected to follow certain rules which include avoiding travel at excessive speeds. Accidents caused by excessive speeding can lead to collisions and other accidents which can severely injure and even kill the boat’s passengers and operator.
- Inexperienced boat operators. It is critical that people who operator boats have the training and experience necessary to do so safely. Boat operators who attempt to control a boat without adequate training can up jeopardizing their life as well as the lives of passengers.
- Operating a boat while using alcohol or drugs. Boats are often used as a source of entertainment, but it is important to avoid combining boating with alcohol or drugs. Boat operators who drive while under the influence can end up causing very serious accidents. The United States Coast Guards reports that in 2016 there were 282 boating accidents involving alcohol use which resulted in 87 deaths and 264 injuries.
- Poor weather conditions. While boating is an enjoyable activity, it is a wise to avoid boating during storms or other adverse weather conditions because this can result in deadly accidents.
- Recklessly operating a boat. This category includes a variety of driving patterns that can endanger the life of the boat operator include failing to notice nearby water vessels, jumping wakes too close to other watercraft, and violating low wake rules.
Ways to Reduce the Risk of Boat Accidents
The good news is that most boating accidents are preventable. Some of the steps that can be taken to avoid boat accidents include:
- Keep a fire extinguisher and first aid kit on the boat in case of emergency.
- Make sure to thoroughly inspect a boat before each time it is used.
- Never let more passengers on a boat than floatation devices are available.
- Remain alert to the weather forecast and not boating in bad weather.
- Take a boating safety course in case there are weaknesses you have in boat operation.
- Under no circumstances combine alcohol or drugs with boat operation.
Contact Experienced Michigan Boat Accident Lawyers Today
At Jay Trucks & Associates, PC, we have represented a large number of individuals who have been harmed in boating accidents. If you have been injured while boating and another party is responsible, do not hesitate to contact our firm. After a free case evaluation, we will begin to take the steps necessary to make sure that you have the strongest legal defense finished. From start to finish, we will remain committed to making sure that your case has the best possible outcome.