Over the Fourth Of July Weekend, it is important to be safe and cautious when driving or riding in boats, especially in the state of Michigan, as it over 11,000 lakes. Each year, fireworks are set of on lakes and many vessels enter the waters in order to get a good view. Despite getting a better view of the fireworks, when the waters become more crowded, they also become significantly more dangerous. In order to prevent personal injuries and accidents, it is important to follow the correct safety precautions.
Boating can be dangerous and lead to accidents resulting in serious injuries. If safety isn't your number one priority, accidents can occur. According to the US Coast Guard, in 2013, the Coast Guard counted 4,062 accidents that involved 560 deaths, 2,620 injuries, and approximately $39 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents. A significant number of these boating accidents resulting in injuries occurred over the July 4th weekend.
Most of the drivers out on the water aren't required to have a boater safety license. In Michigan, if you're born in or before 1978, you are not required to take a safety course to drive a boat, making many people on the water uneducated about the laws. Out of the 4,062 accidents counted by the Coast Guard in 2013, 80% of them involved individuals that had not taken a safety course.
Recently, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, family members had to cope with the loss of their 24-year-old son, named Matthew Boomstra. According to Wood TV, Matthew was boating with three other men on Lake Michigan, when they hit the outside wall of a channel. Boomstra was the only passengers killed, but the other three were hospitalized for their injuries.
If you were involved in a boating accident over the Fourth of July weekend, or any other type of accident, call The Michigan Law Firm, PLLC. Our accident lawyers specialize in all types of personal injury cases and are ready to help you receive the benefits and compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at 844.4MI.FIRM