Detroit Boating Accident Lawyer
Hurt in a Boat Crash?
Michigan possesses dozens of popular bodies of water that are ideal for summertime boating. With such great access to the water, it is not unusual that thousands of residents hit the water each year in addition to countless tourists and visitors who come for a summer break. Most people enjoy their time on the water safely and then go back to their everyday lives. However, for some, a boating trip will turn tragic and lead to an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, contact the Detroit Boating Accident Attorney at Marko Law today to receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
The majority of boating accidents had one thing in common. Typically, at least one driver was driving in a dangerous or reckless manner, resulting in an accident with another boat or a fixed object. In addition, more than half of the deadly accidents involve a boater under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Most Michigan boating accidents occur as a result of negligence on the part of the driver, whether that negligence is caused by intoxication, distraction, or lack of experience. Overwhelmingly, most boating accidents involve drivers with significant on-water experience but little or no formal training. This combo can result in an overconfident operator who might disregard some important safety procedures.
Boating while intoxicated
In a lot of aspects, boating accidents can mirror car accidents with many of the same elements in each causing crashes in the other. As previously mentioned, operating under the influence is extremely common. Too often, consuming alcohol and boating go together in Michigan. Friends and family gather for a fun day on the water, but boating under the influence is illegal and dangerous. Boaters in Michigan face the same standards as drivers when it involves intoxication by any kind of substance that impairs a driver’s ability to operate a boat. Yet usually, those who would never drink and drive somehow choose to boat and drive. Intoxication is a factor in too many boating fatalities in Michigan, in some years over 50%.
Another common reason for boating accidents is inattentiveness by a driver. Frequently this causes a crash between two boats, or in one watercraft striking an object or an individual in the water.
Every year accidents occur when a speeding boater fails to see a swimmer in the water. As a result, the boat strikes or runs over the swimmer, sometimes with tragic consequences. In other accidents, a large boat operating at a high speed may fail to notice a smaller boat hidden by waves until it is too late and a collision occurs.
Negligent boat maintenance
Like other vehicles, boats are subject to wear and require maintenance to keep them in good working condition. This might require the installation of new parts or repair of damaged parts at intervals in the life of the boat. Failing to properly maintain a boat can result in dangerous conditions or even a collision. This might lead to injuries to those on board or to others in the area.
Some properly maintained boats might otherwise be hazardous if they are subject to a flaw or defect in the design. This problem can make regular use of the boat precarious to a novel or an experienced boater.
Legal Options After a Boating Accident
A lot of those that sustain an injury in a boating accident are not aware that they might be able to make a financial recovery for their damages. The kind of claim available and whether a recovery is possible differs. It depends on the type of accident, the injuries to the victim, and whether someone was negligent or reckless in causing the injury. As each situation is different, it is always a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney after an accident to learn about your legal rights.
As an accident victim, you may be able to make a claim against the at-fault boater, the boat owner, or even the marina and/or rental company in some circumstances. This claim can provide you with compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost income you were not able to earn
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of normal life
- Any other real damages due to the accident
If your family member dies in a boating accident, you may get compensation for your losses. This could include the time you will no longer be able to spend in your loved one’s company and future loss of income.
Sometimes, an at-fault boater might not be known or might not be a viable source of financial recovery. This does not always prevent a victim from getting compensation in a lot of accidents. A lawyer can help you know whether another kind of compensation might be available.
Contact Us Today to Get a Free Consultation
If you are ready to start your case or need more information about Boating Accidents in Detroit, Michigan, contact Marko Law Firm today. Let us represent you as you seek justice and compensation for your pain and damages. Call (313) 777-7LAW today to get a free consultation or visit our website: MarkoLaw.com to get more information.