Contact a boating accident lawyer in Michigan when a fun day on the
water turns tragic
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Boating accidents not only can cause damage to watercraft but also
can result in the drowning of innocent persons. Boating is a great way to enjoy the
rivers and lakes of Michigan's Water Wonderland but far too often tragedy results because
of the carelessness of a watercraft operator, so be ready to contact a boating accident
lawyer in Michigan should tragedy strike.
Operators of boats, like automobile and truck drivers, have a legal
obligation to operate watercraft in a safe manner. The major causes of boat accidents
are operator inattention, careless/reckless operation, operator inexperience, operating
at an unsafe speed, and failure to have a proper lookout. If you’re injured in a boating
accident you need a Michigan boat accident attorney.
If you, or someone you care about, has been the unfortunate victim
of a boating accident, you should call Cochran, Foley & Associates Michigan boat accident
attorney team at 800-322-5543 and ask for Terry Cochran or Lynn Foley. Both possess
the special knowledge, based on their extensive boating accident attorney experience,
needed to make sure all necessary evidence has been gathered and to determine what legal
action should be taken to protect your interests and future.
In Michigan it is a crime to operate a boat in a reckless or negligent
manner. In addition to criminal penalties, boat operators also can be sued for negligence
if their carelessness causes someone to get hurt. If a boat operator drives too fast
for conditions and collides with another boat or object and someone gets hurt, the injured
party may be entitled to sue and collect a monetary award.
Civil and criminal liability also may result when a boat operator
causes an injury while operating a boat under the influence of alcohol. In Michigan,
an operator's boat may be confiscated if he is under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol and water don't mix
|Alcohol and water don't mix
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Drinking and boating is very dangerous, and if injury results you
should call a boating accident attorney. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that boat operators
with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.10 are more than 10 times as likely to be
killed in a boating accident than those with a blood alcohol level of zero.
Although most boating accidents occur because of the operator's negligence
or recklessness, some boating accidents happen because of a defect in the boat itself,
either in the boat's machinery or its hull (the body of the vessel). When an injury
results because of the defective or dangerous condition of a boat, the injured person
may have a product liability case against the manufacturer of the boat.
The attorneys at Cochran & Foley have the skills, legal knowledge
and experience needed to protect people who have suffered personal injury or the death
of a loved one because of a boating accident and will seek to win payment for their
clients' injuries, expenses, and loss.
An attorney will lead your family through the steps needed to recover
actual damages and may even assist in punitive damages being awarded. Actual damages
are intended to restore a victim's financial situation to a position roughly equivalent
to what it was before the accident occurred.
|Damages that are recoverable
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Actual damages can be awarded for medical bills, lost income, funeral
expenses, pain and suffering, mental stress, permanent disability and similar hardships.
Punitive damages, above and beyond those actually incurred by the
victim, are intended to punish the guilty party for reckless or inappropriate behavior.
Punitive damages also can function as a deterrent for others.
An attorney can collect damages for your family by proving that the
boat operator was negligent or that the boat's machinery or hull was defective. Cochran
& Foley will ensure a family's economic security, will seek reimbursements for other
economic loss, and will ensure justice by pursuing punitive damages.
Cochran & Foley devotes its practice to representing individuals
who are the victims of boating accidents, airplane or auto accidents, medical malpractice,
and work place injuries. Essentially, if a person has been involved in any kind of accident
that causes a physical injury requiring compensation, Cochran & Foley will provide whatever
legal services are required.
|Above All Else, Seek Justice
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Victims should not hesitate from filing a lawsuit for fear of filing
a frivolous lawsuit. That's propaganda created by the insurance industry. Let your attorney,
not an insurance agent, determine what's frivolous and when justice should be pursued.
In America, a jury makes a decision on damages after hearing all
of the evidence. The jury award is designed to compensate the injury victim. A fundamental
right of all Americans is a trial by jury, allowing our fellow citizens to hear our
case and to make a decision. Do not give up any of your rights as a citizen!
Statutes of limitation limit the length of time you have to file
a lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within that time period you may forever be
denied the justice due you. If you have been injured in an airplane and believe that
you have a case, it is critical that you seek legal help quickly.
If you believe you are a victim, let Cochran, Foley & Associates
fight for your rights. There is no obligation for case evaluation and no fee is charged
unless a recovery is made. Click here for a free consultation
or call 800-322-5543 and ask for Terry Cochran or Lynn Foley.
The Law Offices of Cochran, Foley & Associates, P.C. is dedicated
to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a
result of injuries, disabilities and death. The firm does not represent insurance companies
or corporations but instead bases its practice upon representing individuals and families.