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When negligence or recklessness causes or contributes to a boating accident, victims are legally entitled to compensation.

Like automobiles and trucks, the high speeds that boats and
watercraft can achieve can cause them to be instruments of death or serious
injury. A watercraft operator, like a driver on the road, is required to exercise
reasonable care and caution, abide by the rules of the waterways, and take
reasonable precautions to avoid a boat accident.

How Do Boating Accidents Happen?

According to the Safety Division of the U.S. Coast Guard, more than 4,500 accidents occurred annually in recent years, resulting in more than 3,000 injuries and more than 700 deaths – a fatality rate in excess of six deaths per 100,000 registered recreational watercraft. While boating accidents most commonly result in drowning (70% of all such incidents), there are various contributing factors, such as:

  • Inattentive operators
  • Boats without a designated spotter or lookout on board
  • Inexperienced and improperly trained operators
  • Operators driving boats too fast for current condition
  • Defective or dangerous machinery and equipment

The injuries and damages that can arise from a boating accident can be catastrophic, resulting in physical, psychological, and economic hardship such as pain and suffering, costly injury-related medical expenses and health equipment, rehabilitation, and lost wages.

Michigan Lawyers Devoted to the People of Michigan

Bordered by the Great Lakes of Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, Michigan residents know how to have fun out on the water. Our state also has over additional 60,000 natural and man-made lakes – 26,000 of which are larger than an acre – which provide ample room for residents to enjoy their boats and personal watercraft. While it can be fun, it can also be dangerous.

If you were involved in a boat accident – whether it involved an open boat, a personal watercraft, or a form of cabin motorboat – you need experienced Detroit boating accident attorneys to vigorously fight for you, your family, and your legal rights. You need advocates whom you can trust, who will be responsive, and who have only your best interests in mind. You need Sommers Schwartz.

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