Just about everyone enjoys being out on the waterways of Michigan on a warm summer day, soaking up the rays, doing some fishing, waterskiing or sailing with a good wind. Boating can be a very enjoyable activity and for the most part, boaters are courteous and safe around each other or other people in the water. However, just like with any other motor vehicle, there are people who don’t exercise enough caution on the waterways of Michigan. Some boaters go too fast, while others enjoy too many alcoholic beverages while boating. Still, others just don’t pay enough attention to their surroundings. Whatever the cause, when someone acts carelessly or recklessly and causes someone else to be hurt in a boating accident, then the injury victim might be eligible to receive compensation.
Handling All Types of Boating Accidents
Most boating accidents involve a boat either running into another watercraft or into a rock. Another common way people get hurt while boating is by falling overboard. However, there are actually many different kinds of boating accidents that can occur. These days, besides your regular motorboats, there are several other kinds of watercraft in use at any given time in the water and they can all be involved in an accident. Some of these include:
- Waterskiing accidents
- BUI accidents
- Airboat accidents
- Wakeboarding accidents
- Jet ski accidents
- Inflatable boat accidents
- Canoe or kayak accidents
- Boat tenders accident
Helping Prove Negligence in Boating Accidents
According to statistics from the United States Coast Guard, in the year 2014, there were more than 4,000 boating accidents recorded in the United States. Those accidents led to 610 deaths and nearly 2,700 injuries. According to the numbers, there was also close to $40 million in property damage from these accidents, as well. While boating accidents are not as common as other types of motor vehicle accidents, they do still lead to a lot of property damage and many injuries. When someone acts negligently then they could be held liable for any injuries another person suffers. As with many other accidents, the key to a boating accident lawsuit is proving that someone acted negligently and that you were injured because of that negligence.
Contact a Trusted Royal Oak Boating Accident Attorney
At the Law Office of John Little, PLLC, in Royal Oak we can help you recover damages from being injured in a boating accident. If you were hurt aboard a boat and the operator was being negligent or reckless then you can pursues damages from that driver. If you were struck and hurt by another boat whose operator was driving recklessly, then you should contact The Office of John Little, PLLC. No matter the reason, whether it was because of an inexperienced operator, someone driving too fast, or an inattentive operator, if he or she is responsible for your injuries then you should be eligible for compensation. If you or someone you know has been hurt in a boating accident in the Royal Oak area, then please contact our office today, or call us at 248-865-3455.