According to a recent study released by the United States Coast Guard, in Michigan, in 2012 there were 103 boating accidents, down from 129 in 2011 (Reference http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/workflow_staging/Page/705.PDF). In 2012, sixteen people were killed in Michigan boating accidents and another 65 victims suffered serious injuries.
Research shows that drowning is the main cause of death when compared to recreational boating accidents. The five most common type of recreational boat that lead to the most drowning injuries and deaths in 2012 include: open motor boats (211), canoes (43), kayaks (40), cabin motorboats (35), and pontoons (30).
In addition, it was found that boating accidents are extremely costly. In Michigan, boating accidents cost nearly $ 410,525 in damages last year; the average insurance claim is about $2,000 or more in damages per injured victim.
A boating accident victim who suffered a drowning injury may be able to file a Michigan lawsuit. These include claims for payment of pain and suffering damages, medical bills incurred as a result of your injuries, and more.
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. 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 including providing the adequate amount of life vests on board and were mindful of the safety of their passengers and other boaters.
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan boat accident lawyers are currently representing several victims injured or killed in a boating accident.
“There are strict time limitations when filing a boat accident lawsuit in Michigan, so it is important that a victim understands their legal rights and contacts an experienced Michigan boat accident attorney as soon as possible after their boat accident injury drowning accident,” says Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Firm Partner and boat accident attorney, Lawrence J. Buckfire.
About: Buckfire & Buckfire Boating Accident Attorneys
Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan personal injury law firm that has developed a reputation as experienced legal professionals who produce consistent proven results. The Firm has significant experience in representing victims injured or killed in a boating accident. The attorneys represent clients under a No Win No Fee promise, meaning no legal fees or costs unless a case is settled or won and offer a free, no obligation consultation. For more information about he award winning law firm and to discuss your boat injury case with one of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.’s experienced lawyers call toll-free at (800) 606-1717.