We Seek Recovery for Those Injured on Michigan Waterways
We represent those injured in boating and watercraft accidents throughout Michigan.
Boating, jet skiing, and other watercraft activities are popular forms of recreation in Michigan. In most cases, these recreational activities are safe and enjoyable; however, boating and other accidents still occur.
For the year 2011, the United States Coast Guard reported that there were 4,588 boating accidents, which resulted in 758 deaths, 3,081 injuries, and approximately $52 million in damages. The most common types of vessels involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (47%), personal watercraft (19%), and cabin motorboats (14%).
Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and machinery failure rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents. Alcohol use was the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 16% of deaths.
The top five primary accident types were:
Alcohol and Other Impairment Are a Frequent Cause of Injury and Death
Surprisingly, many people who would never think of driving a car or truck while intoxicated nonetheless over-consume alcohol while enjoying water-related recreational activities. Such overconsumption impairs judgment and the ability to safely operate watercraft. Accidents, injuries, and death sometimes result from these poor choices, and in 2011 alcohol was a contributing factor in about 121 deaths.
When Boat, Jet Ski, and Other Watercraft Injuries and Death Result, We Want to Know Why
In some cases, injuries and death result from negligence and poor decisions; in other cases, alcohol intoxication and drug user are major contributing factors. Sometimes injuries and death are the result of products that are defective is design or in use.
In all cases, our clients who have been injured, and the family members of those who have been killed, deserve to know the full truth of why an accident occurred. As Michigan boat accident lawyers and jet ski injury attorneys, we carefully investigate accidents to learn the full range of factors that contributed to the accident so that all of those responsible can be held accountable.
As with accidents that occur on land, in many cases water accidents are the result of more than one cause. A person may have consumed too much at a local bar before going out on a lake (and thus the bar may have dram shop liability). Other boaters may have been operating their craft in a dangerous way. When we have identified all those who we believe share liability, we bring suit against them and seek to recover from them for their share of the damages and injuries sustained.
If You or a Loved One has been Injured as a Result of the Negligence of Another Involving a Boating, Jet Ski, or Other Watercraft Accident, Please Contact Us So That We Can Learn About Your Case.
If you hire us, we will be tenacious in investigating the cause of the accident and seeking to recover from all those who we believe are legally liable.
We offer a free consultation so that we may learn about your case. If you hire us, there is no fee for our services unless and until we recover for you.