Our Michigan hunting accident injury attorneys often represent hunters and non-hunters injured in hunting accidents. While hunting provides great sport and recreation for many, unfortunately hunting can endanger the entire community, and not just the willing participants.
In fact, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were a total of 8,122 injuries due to hunting accidents nationally. That equals 50 injuries per 100,000 participants. Most victims are hunters; however non-hunters are also sometimes killed or injured in a hunting accident.
Safety Tips To Prevent Hunting Accidents
There are certain safety tips that all hunters should follow to ensure the safety of their community and to prevent hunting accident injuries and death. These safety tips include:
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded, even when you are sure it is not.
- Have your boat, motor, and trailer serviced before the season starts. Make sure everything mechanical is in good running order and that batteries are at full charge.
- Never go hunting without telling someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Before you hunt, open your gun’s action and check the muzzle for obstructions. Make sure to always point the muzzle in a safe direction.
- Do not point a firearm or bow at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Be sure of your target and what is in front of and beyond your target. Before you pull the trigger you must properly identify game animals. Until your target is fully visible and in good light, do not even raise your scope to see it. Use binoculars!
- Carry a cell phone in a waterproof plastic bag when hunting. Cell phone service is available in most places around the county. If an emergency arises, you can call for help.
- Unload firearms and unstring conventional bows when not in use. Leave actions open, and store sporting arms in cases when traveling to and from shooting areas.
- Know your safe zone-of-fire and stick to it.
- Wear hearing and eye protection, as well as appropriate hunting gear and outerwear.
- Do not drink alcohol or take drugs before or while handling firearms or bow and arrows. Alcohol and drugs impair normal physical and mental body functions and must not be used before or while handling firearms or archery equipment.
Hunting Accident Lawsuits in Michigan
Michigan law holds that the negligent party in a hunting accident is responsible for the death of the victim and losses sustained by the family of the victim. In most hunting accident lawsuits, the family of the deceased or the person involved in the accident must prove that the hunter who caused the injury was negligent. This means that the hunter who caused the injuries failed to act in a safe or reasonable manner or was reckless in his use of the firearm. Many times this negligence arises because the hunter failed to take proper safety precautions or was even intoxicated at the time of the accident.
In the case of someone who has died, the family of the deceased victim has the right to recover money damages for their loss and gives rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. Most settlements are paid by the insurance company for the negligent party or shooter.
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We will handle your hunting accident case under our No Fee Promise, which means there are no legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement. Our No Fee Promise guarantees that you will receive the best possible legal representation for your case. If we agree to accept your case, we will perform all of the legal work and pay all of the file costs and expenses. We only charge legal fees if you receive a settlements in your case.
Contact Your Michigan Hunting Accident Injury Attorney
If you or someone you know was injured or killed in a Michigan hunting accident, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 or simply fill out the orange Get Help Now to the right of this page and “Click to Send.” We will be in contact with you shortly. Our Michigan hunting accident injury attorneys have significant experience in handling these types of cases and have a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for families of victims injured in Michigan hunting accidents. We can do the same for you. Call our office today for a free consultation and to discuss your case.