Boating Accidents

Anoka Boating Accident Lawyers

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The Upper Midwest is known for its outdoor recreational activities. Minnesota, “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” has the headwaters of the Mississippi River, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Lake Superior. The abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams presents a limitless opportunity for water experiences, from kayaking to fly fishing remote streams to basking on a houseboat, especially during the summer months. Many residents and tourists spend their summer on the water fishing and boating, tubing, jet skiing, and water skiing. There is also plenty of country to explore — on foot or by ATV.

Most people make water safety a top priority. But sometimes, things go wrong. Alcohol has been known to play a role in boating accidents. Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources reported that 30% of fatal boat accidents involve alcohol.

Accidents may also occur when too many passengers overload a boat. Furthermore, if a boat driver makes an unsafe maneuver, injuries may result. Such negligence leads directly to innocent people being injured or killed in water recreation vehicles every year.

Recreational Vehicle Accidents

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility task (or terrain) vehicles (UTVs), and snowmobiles are popular, fun, and exhilarating. But like all vehicles, these machines can be dangerous when operated by careless or reckless drivers, or when they have design flaws.

A Consumer Product Safety Commission report states that:

  • Between 1982 and 2018, there were 15,744 ATV-related deaths; and
  • 21% of the total number were children under 16 years of age.

While statistics reflect that recreational vehicle injuries and fatalities have decreased in recent years, these types of accidents are not uncommon. Every year, snowmobile accidents account for approximately 200 deaths and 14,000 injuries.

When Someone Is Negligent

Many of these incidents are caused by negligence or recklessness. Victims and families of victims have the right to claim compensation for their injuries, pain, and emotional suffering caused by this negligence or recklessness. If the driver who caused the ATV, UTV, or snowmobile accident was drinking at the time of the crash, your lawyer may be able to help you to receive additional compensation in the form of punitive damages.

Product defects can be a frequent cause of ATV, UTV, and snowmobile accidents. In the case of product liability, your attorney will require evidence to prove that the defect existed and that it caused or worsened the accident. Manufacturer-issued recalls may serve as evidence that potential risks were known to the manufacturer.

The attorneys of Bolt Law Firm represent the victims of these tragic events. Many of our employees are experienced watercraft operators, water-skiers, and fishing enthusiasts, giving us insight into the character and possible cause of these accidents. We understand the emotional trauma suffered because of being injured or losing loved ones in boating disasters.

If you or a family member has been victimized by a boating or recreational vehicle accident, contact the Bolt Law Firm at (763) 292-2102 for a free consultation to learn how we can help recover compensation for injuries and other damages.

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