Our Michigan boating accident death attorneys represent family members who have lost a relative in a boat accident or any type of watercraft accident. Operators of boats do have a legal obligation to operate a watercraft in a safe manner. If an individual drowns or is killed in a Michigan boat accident due to the negligence or carelessness of another boater or the driver of the boat in which they were a passenger on, they do have legal rights and the surviving family members may be able to pursue a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
Prevent Boat Accident Drowning
The main cause for death in a boat accident is in fact drowning. This could be significantly reduced if all individuals, boat operators and passengers always wore a life preserver. In Michigan, jet skiers, water skiers, and children are required to wear a life preserver. However, older adults often choose not to wear them while on a boat leaving them at a very high risk for drowning if involved in a boating accident.
In fact, according to a recent report done by the U.S. Coast Guard, in 2012, almost seventy-one (71) percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, almost eighty-five (85) percent were not reported wearing a life jacket. Other startling statistics reported by the U.S Coast Guard for 2011 are that there were 4,515 reported accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3,000 injuries, and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property.
Liability For Drowning in a Michigan Boat Accident
Standards for liability in a boating accident vary from state to state. In most cases, a person is at fault if he or she acted negligently. A boating accident death attorney will know the standard applied in the area where the accident occurred. The general rule is that people act negligently when they do not conduct themselves as a reasonable person would in a similar situation. This usually means whether they followed all safety rules and were mindful of the safety of their passengers and other boaters.
Our No Fee Promise For Michigan Boat Accident Drowning Lawsuits
At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. we offer a No Fee Promise for Michigan boat accident drowning lawsuits. This means that there is absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case on behalf of your loved one. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact Your Michigan Boating Accident Death Attorney
If your family member was tragically killed and drowned in a Michigan boat accident, call our top rated boating accident death attorneys now to discuss your case. We have the experience and knowledge on how to handle these types of lawsuits and have been trusted by our clients for over 50 years to get the maximum amount of compensation for their loss. We understand this is a difficult time for you and we are here to help every step of the way.
Our boat accident lawyers will explain the legal process to you and answer any questions that you may have during the entire process. At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. you will be able to speak directly to your attorney at all time and always get the answers to your questions answered immediately. Call now at (800) 606-1717 for your free, no obligation consultation. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your wrongful death lawsuit.