Grand Blanc Boating Accident Attorneys
Maximizing Compensation for Our Clients in Flint
Because Michigan is surrounded by three Great Lakes, boating is an extremely popular activity in the summer. Unfortunately, boating accidents can lead to serious injuries and death. When reckless or negligent behavior results in an accident that causes serious injury, you may be able to recover compensation. At Jakeway Injury Law, our boating accident lawyers in Grand Blanc fight to secure fair compensation for our injured clients.
Causes of Boating Accidents
Individuals operating boats, jet skis, and other watercraft have the same legal duty to follow safety rules as when driving a motor vehicle. When the boater is intoxicated, negligent, or reckless, he or she may be held liable for the injuries and damages that result from that behavior. There are many possible causes of boating accidents.
We represent clients with injuries caused by:
- Boat collisions
- Being ejected from a watercraft
- Falling overboard
- Grounding or capsizing
- Being struck by a boat or propeller
- Waterskiing accidents
- Fires or explosions
Boating accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, drowning, or death. Our Grand Blanc boating accident attorneys help clients recover compensation for their medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic damages related to the accident.
Who is Liable in a Boating Accident?
The first step to recovering compensation for your injuries is to determine the responsible party for the accident. When filing a claim, you must be able to demonstrate that the at-fault party did not act reasonably, failed to follow safety rules, or engaged in negligent or reckless behavior.
Some common examples of negligence in boat accidents include:
- Operating the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Overloading the vessel
- Failing to properly anchor the boat
- Inexperienced operator
- Sharp turns at high speeds
When a collision occurs between boats, the operators may argue about who is responsible for the crash. If you were a passenger, you are not responsible for the accident. We can investigate the circumstances of your boating accident to determine liability and help you recover compensation for your injuries and the related damages.
What to Do After a Boat Accident
Because boating accidents happen on the water, there is a need for rescue efforts in the immediate aftermath of an accident. The first thing to do is make sure everyone is on the boat, out of the water, and aid others, if possible. You should immediately seek medical care for your injuries. If possible, gather information about the operators of the boats, their contact and insurance information, and the names and contact information for any witnesses.
After your injuries have been treated, you may want to explore your options for holding the negligent party accountable and recovering compensation for your injuries. Our boating accident attorneys in Grand Blanc can assess the facts of your case, explain your legal options, and aggressively fight for your rights.