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Boating can be a lot of fun, but people often get carried away and fail to take safety precautions, which can result in dangerous accidents and severe injuries.

When this happens, victims may not know where to turn for legal help. They may be unsure if they have a case for compensation and how to go about pursuing it. That is why contacting a licensed attorney can be an important step to take.

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Our Lansing boat accident lawyers are here to determine if you may have a case and what it may be worth. We are prepared to manage the entire legal process on your behalf. Our firm has obtained more than $500,000,000 in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients.

We offer boat accident victims a free consultation with no obligation to file a claim. We do not charge up front for our legal services and are not paid unless our clients receive compensation first.

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Do I Have a Case?

This is a complex question to answer because there are many factors at play. Our lawyers need to discuss what happened with you and learn how negligence may have played a role in your injury.

Negligence is a legal theory that is applied in many personal injury cases. It refers to careless or reckless behavior that results in an injury to someone else or death. The four elements of negligence include:

When we try to assess if negligence occurred, there are many factors that may need to be taken into consideration, such as:

  • The type of accident
  • How the accident happened
  • Whether the boat operator was speeding, intoxicated or distracted
  • Whether the boat had the proper safety equipment
  • Whether the boat was properly registered
  • Boating regulations that may have been violated in the accident
  • Where the accident happened
  • Whether there are eyewitnesses

Our Lansing pleasure craft attorneys are prepared to take on cases involving many kinds of boats and watercraft, including but not limited to:

  • Sailboats
  • Jet skis
  • Wave runners
  • Tour boats
  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
  • Ferries
  • Speedboats
  • Cruise ships
  • Rafts
  • Motorboats

Who Could be Liable for a Boating Accident?

Boat operators are often the ones held liable for accidents. This is especially true if another boat operator was drunk or speeding or distracted and caused a collision with your boat.

Operators may also hold liability for not having proper safety equipment on board, such as life vests or fire extinguishers. For example, Michigan requires a life jacket for each person on board the vessel. To comply with the law, the jacket must meet certain requirements.

Others who may hold liability for boat accidents include:

Unsure of who may be liable for your injuries? Ph: (800) 762-8623. No fee, no-obligation consultation.

What Your Boat Accident Case May be Worth

When someone suffers an injury in a boat accident, he or she may soon be thinking about how to pay for all the medical care that he or she may need.

Fortunately, the law allows accident victims to pursue compensation when another party is liable for their injury. This may include the cost of past, current and future medical bills. Additional expenses could include physical therapy and rehabilitation, along with permanent scarring and disfigurement, prescription medications and durable medical equipment.

Other damages that may be available include:

  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

Our firm has the resources and legal knowledge to pursue the full cost of your damages. We want you to have the compensation you need for your medical treatments. We also want you and your family to be financially secure after your serious injury.

Deadline for Pursuing Compensation

If your boat was insured or the other operator’s boat was insured, you may be able to file an insurance claim. Insurance companies often have deadlines for filing claims, so it is important to file as soon as possible.

If you are filing a lawsuit, it must be done within three years of the accident or the claim will likely be dismissed in court. While there are exceptions, this is something you should discuss with a lawyer. You may have much less time than you think to file a claim, so call a lawyer as soon as possible.

Our Lansing boat accident attorneys need time to investigate and build a case so we can present a strong argument for maximum compensation for your injuries and damages.

The clock may be running out for filing a claim. Call our firm today. (800) 762-8623

Reporting a Boat Accident in Michigan

If you were operating a boat or own a boat that was involved in an accident that meets the below criteria, you are required to report it to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

  • Death within 24 hours
  • Need for medical treatment
  • Disability that lasts more than 24 hours
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Property damage worth more than $2,000
  • Someone disappears from a vessel that is likely to be a result of injury or death

The Official Boating Accident Report form needs to be filed within 24 hours for any of the first four scenarios above. The form must be submitted within five days for the property damage situation or disappearance of someone from the vessel in question.

In addition to reporting the accident, as required by state law, you should seek medical care right away to help link your injuries to the accident. If you wait, the other side may try to defend itself by claiming your injuries happened somewhere else or that you were not injured at all.  It is also important to continue treatment to help demonstrate you are seriously injured.

When it is safe to do, gather information from the scene, especially pictures of your injuries and the accident scene, contact details of the boat owner and operator, and statements of any eyewitnesses, along with their contact information. It is also a good idea to get the registration number and insurance information of the vessel.

Types and Causes of Boating Accidents

There are many kinds of boating accidents that may have been caused by negligence:

  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Collisions with buoys, land or swimmers
  • Fires and explosions
  • Sinking of the boat
  • Slip and fall accidents caused by wet surfaces
  • People falling off the boat because of speeding

There are many reasons for these and other boating accidents. Such as lack of experience, violating boating laws or regulations, speeding, allowing too many people on the vessel, going out in bad weather, or even poor maintenance of the vessel.

No matter the cause, there may be a case. This is something to discuss with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a Lansing Boat Accident Lawyer to Schedule a Free Consultation

There is no cost or risk to you to meet with our attorneys to determine if you may have a case and how we may be able to help you pursue it.

Our firm has obtained more than $500 million in compensation on behalf of our clients. We have extensive knowledge of state laws and regulations of boating that may apply to your claim.

Schedule your free consultation to learn more about how we may be able to assist you. There are no upfront costs for having us represent you. We do not get paid unless we recover compensation for you.

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Did someone’s negligence cause you to get injured in a boat accident? At Jay Trucks and Associates, an experienced Grand Rapids boat accident attorney is prepared to review the circumstances that caused your injuries in a free consultation.

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We have represented injured clients in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as other cities and counties throughout the state. In over three decades, we have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients.

If you have a valid boat accident claim and we represent you, there are zero upfront costs for you to pay. This means zero risk to you. We get no money unless we recover compensation for your damages.

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Does My Accident Qualify For a Boat Accident Claim?

There are many factors that could determine whether or not you may have an eligible claim, including how the accident happened and the severity of your injuries.

When you meet with one of our pleasure craft injury attorneys, we will review the circumstances that led to your accident to determine whether you may be eligible to pursue compensation for the damages you sustained.

Typically, you or your attorney are required to establish that the accident and your resulting injuries were due to another’s negligent actions. In personal injury law, this means having to prove the following:

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Pursuing Compensation For Boat Accident Injuries

Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for compensation for any damages sustained. In order to give you an accurate idea of the potential value for your claim, we need to understand all of the details, including the type and extent of injuries you suffered.

You may be eligible to the following forms of compensation:

  • Urgent care treatment for the initial injury
  • Lost wages if you needed to stay home to recover
  • Travel to and from your medical treatments
  • All reasonable medical expenses, including surgery that may be needed
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation care
  • In-patient hospital stays
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Prescription medication to handle pain, infection or other issues related to your injuries

Types of Boat Accident Cases We Handle

There are many types of recreational vehicles on the water that can cause accidents and lead to injuries. We are prepared to take on many different types of boat accidents, such as:

  • Jet ski collisions
  • Wave runner crashes
  • Motorboat accidents
  • Ferry accidents
  • Cruise ship crashes
  • Kayak or canoe accidents

If you were injured in a boat or other watercraft accident, we encourage you to contact our attorneys at Jay Trucks and Associates for legal help.

Our legal team is available to speak with you over the phone: (800) 762-8623

Who Can Be Liable For a Boat Accident?

While most often the liable party will be the boat operator, there could also be other parties who were either partially or fully responsible for your boat accident, including:

If someone else’s negligence caused the accident that led to your injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for the damages you sustained. We are standing by to take your call at any time, 24/7.

When to Report A Michigan Boat Accident

Michigan has very specific laws about when you must completed and file an Official Boating Accident Report form to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

For these incidents, you must complete and file the form within 48 hours if:

Incidents described below must be reported within five days of the incident:

Steps to Take After a Boat Accident

The most important thing to do is seek immediate medical care. Often after a boat accident, victims may be in a state of shock, and even if there is no visible evidence of a wound, he or she could have a serious, even life-threatening injury. Some wounds are hidden, such as a traumatic brain injury, concussion, internal bleeding or organ damage, and certain types of fractures.

Ignoring your medical health could result in more serious harm or in extreme circumstances, death.

In addition to protecting your health, seeing a doctor establishes a verifiable record of your injuries and links them to the accident. This can be helpful when you are attempting to gather evidence to build a strong argument for compensation.

Other types of evidence that can be used to build a strong case include:

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How Do Boat Accidents Happen?

Boat accidents can happen for several reasons, such as:

Important Michigan Filing Deadlines

If you suffered an injury in a boat accident caused by another’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. However, Michigan has a strict statute of limitations that gives you just three years from the date of the accident to file. If you miss this deadline, you will likely have no other opportunity to recover compensation for your damages.

There are exceptions in the state that modify your deadline significantly. This means your deadline could be sooner or later, depending on the circumstances.

Three years is also not as much time as many people may think. When it comes to investigating, preparing and negotiating for maximum compensation, your attorney needs time to prepare a solid argument on your behalf.

Our Grand Rapids boat accident attorneys are well-versed in the laws that may impact your claim, including the filing deadline.

Contact A Grand Rapids Boat Accident Attorney Today

Boat accident claims are complicated and requires the help of a knowledgeable attorney. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have been achieving results for our clients for over 30 years, recovering more than $500 million in compensation.

Take advantage of the free consultation we offer. There is no risk to you, and it is an opportunity to learn whether you have a valid claim and get answers to your legal questions. You are not obligated to take legal action but if you do, you pay us no upfront fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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Ph: (800) 762-8623

Injured in a boat accident that could have been avoided? The experienced attorneys of Jay Trucks and Associates are available to review the details of the incident and determine if you may be eligible to pursue compensation. With more than $500 million recovered for our clients, we can help to explain your options in simple terms and guide you through the entire litigation process. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in the state of Michigan and have many years of experience dealing with the insurance companies that are often involved in these types of cases.

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The consultation is free of charge and comes with no obligation to file a lawsuit. You decide whether to move forward, and there are no upfront legal fees if you decide to hire us.

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Do I Have a Case?

The answer to this question depends on many factors, such as the damages you suffered and the reasons why your accident occurred.

Our attorneys will not be able to determine if you have a case until you contact us to review what happened and the specific causes of your injuries.

Generally, we must prove the accident resulted from someone else’s negligence, which refers to a legal duty to take reasonable action to prevent harm to others. If another party fails to uphold its duty, and that failure is directly linked to another’s injury, he or she may have the basis for a claim.

If you or a loved one suffered any injuries in an accident involving any type of watercraft, it is important to review possible legal options with a licensed lawyer. At Jay Trucks and Associates, we are prepared to manage boat accidents involving many types of watercraft, including, but not limited to:

  • Sailboats
  • Jet skis
  • Wave runners
  • Tour boats
  • Kayaks
  • Canoes
  • Ferries
  • Cruise ships
  • Inflatable rafts
  • Motorboats
  • Personal watercrafts

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Liability for a Boat Accident

When our attorneys assess a boat accident claim, we must determine who could potentially be held liable for a victim’s injuries. Often, the person operating the boat is the one who may be liable for the accident.

However, each case is unique, so there may be other negligent parties, including other passengers, the owner of the boat/watercraft, the company that rented out the watercraft or the manufacturer.

Boat owners, rental companies and product manufacturers could potentially be held liable for negligent maintenance of the watercraft. For example, maybe they failed to repair replace a defective or failing part and this caused the accident that led to your injuries.

These entities could also potentially be held liable for failing to inspect the watercraft to find any problems that could pose an injury risk for people who used the boat.

Boat operators and passengers could be held liable for many types of negligent actions, such as:

  • Operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted operation of the boat
  • Lack of experience (lack of training or appropriate licensing)
  • Going on the water during inclement weather, particularly when an operator lacks experience
  • Speeding, particularly in areas with swimmers

Boat operators, owners and rental companies may be held liable when their boats lack required equipment, and this contributes to an accident. For example, under state law, all vessels must have a personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board. State law also requires proper fire extinguishing equipment.

There are many reasons why someone else could be liable for your injuries. Call to discuss the situation with a licensed Flint boat accident lawyer.

Compensation for Boat Crash Victims

This is also something you can discuss in your free consultation. Our attorneys are committed to pursuing full compensation, if we find you have a valid case and you hire us to represent you.

You could eligible for compensation past, current and future medical bills for your treatment. This may include things like bills for hospital stays and surgical procedures, appointments with doctors, prescription medication, and things like physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Lost wages and lost earning capacity are often available in personal injury claims. Victims may also be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering and lost companionship.

Each situation is unique. Call Jay Trucks and Associates to learn more.

Deadline for Filing a Lawsuit in Michigan

The standard deadline for Michigan personal injury claims is three years from the date of the injury. That means if you fail to file before those three years pass, you will likely lose your right to file.

Our Flint boat accident lawyers know there are sometimes exceptions to the standard deadline, which we can discuss with you in a free, no-obligation consultation.

Does Michigan Require Boat Insurance?

The State of Michigan requires all watercraft to be registered with the Michigan Department of State and display a registration decal, unless the watercraft is specifically exempt from this requirement. For example, canoes and kayaks not used for rental or commercial purposes do not need to be registered.

However, even though many types of watercraft must be registered, the state does not require boat operators to buy boat insurance. Victims of boat accidents may not be able to file an insurance claim against the operator, unless his or her car insurance provides some form of coverage. You may also be able to file a claim against the operator’s homeowner’s umbrella policy.

Determining whether the accident is covered by insurance can be very difficult for accident victims. Our attorneys have more than 150 years of combined experience dealing with insurance companies and reviewing policies to determine available coverage.

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Steps to Take Following a Boating Accident

State law requires boat operators involved in a boating accident to do the following:

Operators or owners of vessels involved in accidents must file an accident report with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement within a certain amount of time, depending on the consequences of the accident.

If you were injured in a boat accident, there are a few things you can do to help preserve a potential claim. First, seek medical treatment right away. Doctors need to diagnose and treat your injuries to help prevent them from worsening. If possible, collect evidence at the scene, such as pictures or witness statements. You should also write down what you remember about the accident before you forget.

Call today to set up a free consultation with a Flint boat accident attorney. (800) 762-8623

Different Types of Boat Accidents

There are many types of boat accidents that result in injury claims. For example, sometimes swimmers are hit by a watercraft, resulting in brain injuries, broken bones, severe lacerations from propellers and drowning.

Boats can also hit stationary objects, like rocks or buoys. These collisions can throw passengers overboard and possibly disable the boat. If you are far offshore, there could a high risk of drowning as you wait for help.

Other types of boat accidents may include:

  • Fires/explosions
  • Slip and fall accidents on the boat
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust leaks or being positioned too close to another boat for a long period of time
  • Crashes between jet skis
  • Electrocutions
  • Crashes with other boats
  • Grounding
  • Drinking and boating
  • Distracted boating

These can result in severe or life-changing injuries that may be very difficult to manage.

Call to Set Up a Free Consultation With a Flint Boat Accident Lawyer

It can be challenging to determine if you have a case without the help of a licensed attorney with a history of achieving results.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have been recovering compensation for Michigan residents for more than three decades, from Flint, Detroit, Cadillac, Lansing and Grand Rapids to Muskegon, Alpena, Traverse City, Mt Pleasant and Kalamazoo. Our lawyers have over 150 years of combined experience.

Call to schedule your free consultation and find out if you may have a case. There are no upfront fees for our services. We welcome the chance to discuss your accident and find out how we may be able to assist you.

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Michigan is home to many rivers and lakes where boating is a popular recreational activity. However, when boating accidents happen due to someone else’s negligent behavior, serious injuries, potential drownings and fatalities may result.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a boat accident caused by negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation to help pay for the damages you suffered.

At Jay Trucks & Associates, our legal team has more than 150 years of combined experienced helping injury victims across Michigan. Our founder Jay Trucks is a member of the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association.

We offer free consultations and do not collect any upfront fees unless we help you recover compensation. Schedule a free case evaluation with a Clare boat accident lawyer today.

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How Do I Know I Have a Case?

A free consultation with a member of our legal team provides you with the opportunity to discuss what happened and get answers to your legal questions from a licensed boat accident lawyer.

Boat accident victims may be able to pursue compensation if they can prove that someone else’s negligence caused the accident and their resulting injuries. Negligence claims require that you prove four elements:

There are also a number of other questions that we must consider to help determine whether you may have a case, including:

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Determining Liability in a Boat Accident

Determining liability for a boat accident is often difficult, because there may be many contributing factors. That is why you may benefit from hiring a knowledgeable pleasure craft attorney.

At Jay Trucks and Associates, we have the resources and staff to thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident. When necessary, we may also hire an  accident reconstruction specialist to determine the responsible party or parties, which could include:

What If I Am Partially to Blame For My Injury?

As long as you are assigned no more than 49 percent liability, you may still be eligible to pursue a boat accident claim. However, in accordance with Michigan’s comparative negligence rule, any amount of damages awarded will be reduced according to your percentage of fault.

For instance, if the jury awards you $100,000 but you are found to be 20 percent at fault, the award amount will be reduced by 20 percent or $20,000, leaving you with $80,000.

However, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault, you will be barred from recovering any compensation.

Recovering Compensation For Boat Accidents

There are many different forms of compensation boat accident victims may be able to recover for physical, emotional or financial losses, such as:

If you were injured in a boat accident on Michigan waters, we encourage you to contact one of our qualified lawyers as soon as possible. We have extensive knowledge about calculating personal injury damages. Our lawyers are standing by to take your call.

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Time Limit for Filing a Boat Accident Claim

The standard deadline for filing personal injury lawsuits in Michigan, including boat accidents, is generally three years from the date of the injury or death. Failure to meet that deadline will likely result in the court dismissing your case and losing the ability to recover compensation for your injury and damages.

There are certain scenarios that could affect the time limit, such as when the boat accident victim is a minor or mentally incompetent to bring a claim forward. If you are unsure whether your filing deadline has passed, we recommend that you reach out to one of our Clare boat accident lawyers for advice.

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Common Causes of Boating Accidents

Boat accidents happen for many reasons. Some of the most common causes include:

These negligence actions can cause a number of incidents:

What to Do If Injured in a Boat Accident

Suffering an injury in a boat accident can be a traumatic experience. You may not know what to do or how to respond. However, there are things you can do immediately after to protect your well-being and your potential claim:

Seek Medical Attention

It is important to determine if you or anyone else needs urgent medical care. Even if you believe your injuries to be minor, certain injuries such as a traumatic brain injury may not be apparent until days or weeks later. A doctor can assess the extent of your injuries and provide a treatment plan to follow. A medical record linking your injuries to the boat accident may also help to strengthen your claim.

Gather Evidence

Once you are out of danger, you will need to exchange information with all involved parties. Provide and ask for the names, addresses and phone numbers of each person on board the vessel and from witnesses. Be sure to obtain the name and registration number of the boat and the insurance information from the operator.

Take photographs of the accident scene, damage to the boat and other property, and any visible injuries.

Report the Accident

The operator or owner of a boat involving in an accident must file an Official Boating Accident Report form with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources under the following circumstances:

Reach Out to Our Clare Boat Accident Lawyers

The licensed Clare boat accident lawyers at Jay Trucks & Associates are prepared to review your situation and discuss your potential legal options in a free pleasure craft injury case evaluation. If you have a valid case, we are ready to work tirelessly to hold negligent parties accountable and pursue maximum compensation for your damages.

We charge no upfront fees unless we successfully help you obtain a recovery. Reach out to our firm anytime, 24/7, for a free consultation. There is no risk in calling us and no obligation to move forward.

Our office in Clare is located less than a five minute drive from Pettit Park.

Jay Trucks and Associates. Free consultation. No upfront fees: (800) 762-8623

Boating is a popular recreational activity in Michigan. In most cases, it is a safe and enjoyable experience but sometimes, boat accidents happen because of someone else’s careless actions. These accidents can cause serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. If this has happened to you or someone you care about, you may be able to pursue compensation for any injuries and damages endured.

I would like to say I was completely satisfied with the way Jay Trucks & Associates performed in handling my case…
– R. Louis

Jay Trucks & Associates has decades of legal experience representing injury victims throughout the entire state of Michigan adnd we have successfully recovered more than $500,000,000 on  behalf of our clients. Firm founder Jay F. Trucks is an active member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and has more than three decades of experience handling personal injury cases.

Our consultations are completely free with no obligation to take legal action. There are no upfront fees unless we  obtain compensation for you. A Traverse City boat accident attorney is ready to take your call.

Jay Trucks & Associates: (800) 762-8623.

Do I Have a Viable Case for Compensation?

Our legal team needs to evaluate your situation to determine whether you may have a viable case for compensation. A free consultation will allow you to talk about what happened and get the answers you need regarding the legal process.

Being able to pursue compensation will mean proving that negligence led to the boat accident and your injuries. The legal theory of negligence used in most personal injury cases requires establishing the following:

All of these elements must be proven to pursue a potential legal claim. Consider meeting with an experienced Traverse City boat accident lawyer to learn more about your available legal options.

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Potential Liable Parties in a Boat Accident

When it comes to boat accidents and liability, it is often difficult to assess who can be held at fault for damages because more than one party could be involved. These potential liable parties could include:

Our legal team often conducts detailed investigations to help our clients determine liability for their injuries. We know that holding the appropriate party or parties accountable is important towards negotiating fair and just compensation for boat accident victims. Let us fight for maximum compensation for you.

Compensation for Boat Accident Injuries

Our Traverse City boat accident lawyers are prepared to identify your damages and determine the potential value of your case. You may be eligible to obtain compensation to help cover:

  • Medical bills, including hospitalization and tests
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages and income
  • Disability, either temporary or permanent
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering, either physically or mentally
  • Emotional anguish, including anxiety and depression
  • Loss of enjoyment of life in the activities that used to make you happy

We welcome the opportunity to review your situation at no cost to you. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, you pay us nothing up front until we recover compensation on your behalf.

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What If I Share Some Responsibility for My Injury?

You may still be able to pursue compensation even if you share some blame for your injuries. However, you cannot be greater than 50 percent at fault. Michigan uses a doctrine of comparative fault to determine how much a negligent accident victim may be able to recover in damages.

Under the law, any amount awarded will be reduced based on your percentage of fault. For example, if you were deemed 25 percent responsible for the accident, and damages were assessed at $150,000, you could recover 75 percent of that, or $112,500.

Consult with a pleasure craft injury attorney for legal help today. Ph: (800) 762-8623

Deadline for Filing Boat Accident Claims

Boat accident victims generally have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim. Waiting too long to take legal action may result in a court dismissal and being unable to pursue compensation.

While three years may seem long enough, investigating, gathering supportive evidence, and obtaining your medical records to link the accident to your injuries takes time and effort. A dedicated Traverse City boat accident attorney from our firm is ready to help you meet the deadline and offer advice.

Why Boat Accidents Commonly Happen

A boat can capsize, sink, flood, or collide with other boats, fixed objects or people in the water for many different reasons. The most common boat accidents happen due to careless or negligent behavior, such as:

  • Inexperienced operators
  • Inattentive operators
  • Improper lookout
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessive speeding
  • Equipment failure
  • Overloading
  • Reckless maneuverers
  • Improper maintenance
  • Operating in poor conditions
  • Inexperience with terrain, like sandbars
  • Lack of proper training or necessary license
  • Disregard for boating rules or laws

Passengers can be ejected from a boat and fall overboard and result in drownings. Other boat accident injuries could include:

  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Whiplash
  • Back injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Death

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What You Can Do To Build a Strong Case

There are a number of steps you can take after a boat accident happens to protect your health and build a strong case for compensation. These include:

Seek Immediate Medical Attention

Check yourself for injuries and then see if anyone else needs help while waiting for emergency responders. Once in the care of a doctor, he or she can determine the extent of your injuries and provide a treatment plan. This would be recorded in your medical file.

Exchange Contact Information

If it is possible, get statements and contact details from those involved and others who may have witnessed the accident. Additionally, write down the name of the boat, the boat’s registration number and insurance company information from the boat operator.

Take Pictures and/or Video With Your Cellphone

Include photos of the accident scene, your injuries, damage to the boat and other surrounding property.

File a Boat Accident Report

The boat operator or owner must file an Official Boating Accident Report within 48 hours to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources under certain circumstances, including:

Speak With a Traverse City Boat Accident Lawyer

A Traverse City boat accident lawyer is ready to review your claim and discuss your available legal options in a free consultation. We are ready to handle all legal matters related to your potential case, including the form of compensation you may be eligible for and potential party or parties that may be liable for your injuries.

There are no upfront services fees. We only get paid if you do. Reach out anytime, day or night, to schedule a free case evaluation. There is no risk or obligations involved.

Jay Trucks & Associates. We are here to help. (800) 762-8623.