Michigan has more personal watercraft than almost any other state in the country. Go out on any Michigan lake on a hot summer day, including Lake St. Clair, and it can look like a Wall Mart on Black Friday. Moreover, it’s no secret that when people boat they tend to party. That can be a recipe for disaster.
Boat accidents usually happen when people underestimate the dangers of watercraft as compared to cars or simply do not understand the nautical “rules of the road” and safety laws. Or sometimes they happen because they are impaired and fail to operate their craft safely. Since most people fail to take a power squadron class that teaches boating safety, many people get behind the wheel of a boat or helm of personal watercraft (like a jet ski) without any specialized knowledge of that vessel’s operating characteristics or even what to do when another boat or personal watercraft is coming at them. The attorneys at Jeffrey W. Hartkop, P.C. have operated boats for over 50 years and know the navigational rules and safety laws.
Our Macomb County attorneys stand ready to handle personal injuries and deaths involving Personal Watercraft (Jet Skis & Wave Runners), motor boats of all sizes, Inflatable & Semi Rigid Inflatable Boats, Sailboats, Kayaks, Paddleboards & Canoes.
Given the nature of boating and yachting along with the direct and nature perils of the water, boating injuries can be caused by many different reasons. The most frequent situations of where a boat operator may be negligent and, therefore, responsible for an occupant’s injury or injury to the occupant of another vessel include:
Individuals injured due to the negligence of a boat operator may be entitled to compensation in the form of payment of medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering associated with the accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the water by an operator’s negligence, call the office of personal injury attorney Jeffrey W. Hartkop, P.C. for a free consultation. And remember: there is no fee unless we win!
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