You thought you were going to enjoy the day out on the Great Lakes or another body of water. Unfortunately, what began as a fun outing ended very differently when you were hurt in a boating accident.
How Did the Boating Accident Happen?
Michigan is one of the safest states for recreational boating, according to the United States Coast Guard. However, even in Michigan, dangerous and life-changing accidents occur when a boat operator or navigator is negligent. Some of the most common reasons for recreational boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Alcohol use
Other reasons include mechanical failure, improper anchoring, overloading the boat, colliding with another vessel or object, and other failures to use reasonable care.
You may not know the exact cause of the accident immediately after it happens. That’s okay. It’s what you do next that matters.
What to Do After a Michigan Boating Accident
If you are physically able to do so, you should:
- Account for everyone on board and assist, as necessary, to prevent drowning and to provide first aid
- Call for help, if the boat operator has not already made the call
- Gather as much evidence as you can about the accident, including photos
- Report the accident to the United States Coast Guard, if the boat operator is unable to make the report
Additionally, it’s important to:
- Get medical attention and follow your care provider’s advice
- Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer
Right now, your future is uncertain. Your medical bills may be adding up, you may be unable to work, and you may be suffering physically and emotionally from your boating accident injuries.
Our experienced and compassionate Michigan boating accident attorneys will find out what caused your boating accident, advise you of all of your legal rights, and help you make important decisions that could impact your future. Reach out to us today to schedule your free case evaluation and to find out how we may help you with your recovery.