Boating Accidents

Boating Accidents

Accident Resource Center of Michigan

According to a recent boating accident study, there are over 5000 boating accidents each year in the United States. Several hundred of these accidents that occur in the State of Michigan result in death and serious injuries to Michigan boaters. Michigan boating accident data show that many fatal boating accident victims drown because they were not wearing a personal flotation device. Many lives could be saved if boaters always wear life jackets.

Michigan boating accidents involve motorboats, including cabin motorboats, personal watercraft, as well as non-motorized craft, such as canoes and kayaks. The most common types of Michigan boating accidents involve a collision with other vessels or with a fixed object, falling overboard, capsizing and water skiing accidents. Boating accidents occur because of inattention, carelessness or inexperience of the boating operator, excessive speed, mechanical failures, improper behavior by passengers or skiers and operating watercraft in hazardous waters. Alcohol use is a contributing factor to many Michigan boating accidents. Boating operators have a legal obligation to operate their watercraft in a safe and responsible manner.

Victims of Michigan boating accidents may suffer death or serious injuries that require long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation, loss of wages and difficulties in assuming normal daily activities. If you, a friend or loved one has been injured in a Michigan boating accident, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable and experienced Michigan boating accident lawyer to learn how you can protect your rights. Complete the online form for a free case evaluation or call the toll-free number of The Law Offices of Henry M. Hanflik at 1 (888) 905-4632.

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