Boat / Jet Ski / Personal Watercraft Accident Lawyer

Boat, Jet Ski, Kayak, and Other Personal Watercraft Accidents

There is no feeling like relaxing on a boat during a Michigan summer, whether on a local inland lake or the Great Lakes. Michigan has about 11,000 inland lakes that are 5 acres or larger, and the Great Lakes contain about 20% of the Earth’s total fresh water. Anywhere in the state, you are never more than 6 miles away from a lake. We truly have an overabundance of beautiful places to go boating.

Exploring the open waters on a jet ski, kayak, or other personal watercraft can be exhilarating, offering a unique perspective on nature and a thrilling adventure. However, like any recreational activity, using a personal watercraft or boat comes with risks, and accidents can happen.

Watercraft Safety is Important but Gruel Mills Has Your Back After an Accident

Unfortunately, a fun day on the lake can turn into a tragedy due to reckless, careless, or inexperienced boaters. Boat operators must drive at a careful and prudent speed and in a reasonable manner. If anyone born on or after July 1, 1996 wants to operate a boat, they must successfully complete a boating safety course and earn a certificate of completion before they may take the helm. This law will increasingly reduce the risks posed by inexperienced boaters. Further, some people associate boating with drinking alcohol, but driving a boat while intoxicated is just as dangerous and illegal as driving a car while intoxicated.

You can protect yourself from boating accidents. The law requires a life jacket on your boat for every person on board, and although wearing the life jacket is not required for those over 6 years of age, doing so can decrease your chance of a fatality by 80%. It is also a very good idea to carry insurance in case you cause an injury or your boat is damaged.

If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a boating accident, contact the skilled attorneys at Gruel Mills today. We have experience pursuing all types of boating accident claims, and we will guide you through the process and ensure that you get the best possible recovery.

To schedule a free, no-obligation evaluation of your boating accident claim with one of our experienced attorneys, please contact us online or call us at 616-235-5500. We handle these cases on a contingency basis, which means you do not have to pay for our services unless we recover money for you.

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