As residents of the Great Lake State, boating is a way of life for many of us. We have one of the best states for exploring and enjoying the water by boat. Unfortunately, boating accidents can and do happen. According to Statista, in 2019, 2,559 people were injured in boating accidents, and 613 people were killed in the US.
Usually, boating accidents just result in damage to the vessel, but sometimes – especially at higher speeds – people can be injured or killed. The fact that boats usually don’t have seatbelts can pose many risks. In addition, the fact that passengers are surrounded by hard obstacles can make boating a dangerous activity when not done responsibly.
If you’ve been injured in a Michigan boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with Neumann Law Group today. Neumann Law Group is a veteran personal injury firm helping clients in Michigan get results for decades.
Common injuries from boating accidents are:
- Head injuries; concussions, contusions, skull fractures, hemorrhages.
- Broken bones
- Severe bruising
- Wounds, disfigurement
Laws on boating accidents
If you were injured on a commercial boating trip, it could be quite easy to prove that the person in charge of the vessel acted with negligence or irresponsibility. All captains of commercial vessels have a responsibility to make sure their passengers are safe, and have to follow a number of strict regulatory rules and protocols. Some of the rules that are commonly broken in commercial boating accidents are:
- Having the appropriate number of crew members aboard
- Having crew members who are trained and experienced up to industry standards
- Having the appropriate navigational instruments or other mechanical components
- Having a poorly maintained boat
- Following safe, designated water routes
If you were on a private boat, you can also allege negligence by citing similar factors. If the operator of the boat was impaired by drugs or alcohol, you have a really good chance of successfully proving negligence.
Who specifically is liable for my injuries?
In a commercial boating accident, the company will be liable, or perhaps a third party that caused the accident. In a private boating accident, whoever owns and/or was operating the boat may be liable, sometimes both. If someone owns a boat and allows someone else to operate it, then the owner is always partly responsible for any accidents that happen afterward because they have legally given consent to the other person.
Do you need help getting compensation for your boating accident injuries in Grand Rapids, Michigan?
Don’t hesitate to call Neumann Law Group. They can let you know whether or not you have a case on your hands. If you do, you can begin the process of being compensated.
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