Personal Injury Lawyer Urges Safety During Hunting Season after New Study Reveals Hunting Accident Statistics in Michigan

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The personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. representing victims injured and killed in Michigan hunting accidents share recent hunting injury statistics.

Hunting Accident Injury Lawyer in Michigan

Daniel Buckfire, Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer

In the case of someone who has died in a hunting accident, the family of the deceased victim has the right to recover money damages for their loss and gives rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE), in 2010 hunting season turned out to be the safest on record in Michigan, with reports of 14 injuries resulting from hunting accidents, including 3 deaths. This statistic does show a decrease in number, as reports from 2005 in Michigan show that there were a total of 19 hunting accident injuries, with 3 deaths.

The main reason for this decrease could be the fact that Michigan makes it mandatory for first time hunters to be certified if they were born after January 1, 1960. Before obtaining a hunters license, they must enroll in a Hunter Education Program.

Hunter education class schedules can be found on the Department’s website at http://www.michigan.gov/hunting.

Michigan certified more than 23,000 hunters in 2010, harvesting approximately 444,000 deer. However, even with numbers of injuries from hunting accidents decreasing, hunters should be well aware of the proper safety measures to ensure safety of the entire community.

The most common causes of hunting accident injuries include:

  • Moving into the hunter’s line of fire
  • Victim covered while the hunter was swinging on game
  • Victim out of sight of the hunter and/or the shooter failed to identify the target (mistaken for game)

A person who is injured in a hunting accident in Michigan does have legal rights. Michigan law holds that the negligent party in a hunting accident is responsible for the injuries and losses sustained by the hunting injury victim. In most hunting accident lawsuits, the person involved in the accident must prove that the hunter who caused the injury was negligent. This means that the hunter who caused the injuries failed to act in a safe or reasonable manner or was reckless in his use of the firearm.

"In the case of someone who has died in a hunting accident, the family of the deceased victim has the right to recover money damages for their loss and gives rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit. Most settlements are paid by the insurance company for the negligent party or shooter," says Daniel Buckfire, Partner and Trial Attorney of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Michigan hunting accident attorneys are currently representing several individuals injured in hunting accidents or families who have lost a loved one in a Michigan hunting accident.

About: Buckfire & Buckfire Hunting Accident Injury Attorneys

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. is a Michigan based personal injury law firm that has developed a reputation as experienced legal professionals who produce consistent proven results. The Firm represents victims injured in all types of sports and recreational accidents, including hunting accidents. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. has been featured on The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, CNN Money, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, dbusiness Magazine, Fox 2 News, and more.

For a free legal personal injury consultation call 800-606-1717 or visit the law firm website at http://www.buckfirelaw.com/

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