The lawyers at Murphy Reed Law live and work in your community. We know very well that recreational boating is alive and well during the spring, summer and fall in Michigan. However, we have also seen tragedy that can occur from reckless and negligent boat owners that turn a blind eye to safety. Our Michigan boating accident lawyers understand that boating is a national past time among many Americans but advise boaters to keep safe during the season. During the hot summer afternoons, we escape to the coolness of local lakes and ponds. But with so many individuals on the water, is it possible to keep safe from boating crashes?
In 2005 alone, 697 fatalities and 3451 injuries were caused by recreational boating accidents, which are accidents occurring in any type of watercraft (motor boats, sailboats, inflatables, or houseboats). A negligent boating operator who is found to have caused the death of another individual will likely face criminal charges as well as a wrongful death suit.