According to the International Hunter Education Association, approximately 1,000 people in the United States and Canada are accidentally shot by hunters every year in a hunting accident. Out of those 1,000 accidents, just under a hundred of those result in fatalities. Most victims are hunters; however non-hunters are also sometimes killed or injured in a hunting accident.
Our Michigan hunting accident injury lawyers 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.
Common Causes of Hunting Accident Injuries
The most common causes of hunting accident injuries include:
- Moving into the hunter’s line of fire
- Victim covered while the hunter was swinging on game
- Victim out of sight of the hunter and/or the shooter failed to identify the target (mistaken for game)
Michigan Hunting Accident Injury Lawsuits
Michigan law holds that the negligent party in a hunting accident is responsible for the injuries and losses sustained by the hunting injury victim. In most hunting accident lawsuits, 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.
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.
Contact Your Michigan Hunting Accident Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know suffers injuries in a Michigan hunting accident or was killed due to the negligence of a hunter, 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 lawyers have significant experience in handling these types of cases and have a track record of obtaining sizeable settlements for 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 legal rights.