The state of Michigan is surrounded by four Great Lakes. These Great Lakes constitute 90% of the United States fresh surface water. While the Michigan Department of Natural Resources promotes the safe use and enjoyment of the mass waters of Michigan, in reality thousands of boating accidents and resulting injuries and drowning happen each year.
Our Michigan boating injury lawyers often represent clients who have suffered serious injuries in a boat accident. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment and cause disability from work and recreational activities. It is important that the boating injury attorney you hire for your case is knowledgeable on the various types and causes of boating injuries.
Boating is one of the most popular outdoor hobbies in the United States. And though it is widely considered a fun and relaxing sport, recreational boating can result in disastrous injuries and even death. In fact, boating accidents in the United States resulted in 3,331 injuries and 709 deaths in the past years. Startlingly, America’s waterways are second only to highways in terms of the number of accidental deaths occurring on them.
When a boating accident has occurred, the United States Coast Guard requires operators of all watercraft defined as vessels to make an official report when a boating accident occurs. The Coast Guard defines the term “vessel” as any watercraft or artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the water, including airboats, auxiliary sailboats, cabin motorboats, canoes, houseboats, inflatable boats, kayaks, open motorboats, personal watercraft, pontoon boats, rafts, rowboats, and sailboats.
Federal law (33 CFR Part 173; Subpart C — Casualty and Accident Reporting) requires that victims of boating accidents file a report with the nearest state boating authority. The Code of Federal Regulations requires a boating accident report to be filed within 48 hours of the occurrence of any of the following kinds of incidents:
- A fatality that occurs within 24 hours of the accident
- A person’s injury that requires medical attention beyond first aid
- Damage to the vessel that results in more than $2,000, or in the vessel’s total loss
- A person’s disappearance from a vessel under circumstances that point to death or injury
The reporting authority can be the state where the accident occurred, the state in which the vessel was numbered, or, if the vessel does not have a number, the state where the vehicle was mostly used. If the operator is deceased or cannot make the report because of injuries, then the vessel’s owner must do so. For less serious incidents a report must be made within ten days of an occurrence if there is damage to the property or vessel.
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At the law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. our Michigan boating accident lawyers represent clients and their families in the boat accident injury case under our No Fee Promise. This means that you will not pay any legal fees until we win or settle your case.
Contact Your Michigan Boating Accident Lawyer
If you find yourself the victim of a boating accident, consult attorneys trained in the rules and regulations governing boating accidents. At Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C., our Michigan boat accident lawyers have extensive experience handling boating accident cases. We take every necessary step to investigate the possible causes of your accident so that you receive full compensation for any pain and suffering your boating accident has caused you. Call our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. law firm now at (800) 606-1717 to discuss your case and speak with one of our award winning attorneys.