Boat Accident Lawyer in Detroit, Michigan
Due to the high number of lakes in Michigan, boat accidents occur more frequently than you may realize. With these accidents come serious injuries and unexpected fatalities. If another party was responsible for your boating accident, you can and should hold that party accountable. A boat accident lawyer in Detroit, Michigan from Marko Law can help. Our law firm offers legal services for car owners who have suffered financially due to a car accident. To schedule an initial consultation, contact our law office today at 313-777-7LAW.
We Can Help You File Your Boat Accident Claim
While a boat accident lawyer is not required to file a claim, the process is complex and can seem impossible to anyone who has not previously navigated the process. Our boat accident lawyers are well-versed in the laws and rules that apply to boat accident claims in Detroit, Michigan. These claims are complex and specialized. We will investigate your claim to determine who is liable for your injuries. We will collect the evidence needed to prove your claim, including medical bills, accident reports, and proof of your lost wages. We will deal directly with the insurance company, so you do not have to.
How Are Boat Accidents Different from Car Accidents?
There are quite a few differences between car and boat accidents. First, the rules are different, although the basic tenet of driving/boating safely applies in either situation. Your case might be subject to maritime or state laws depending on where your accident occurred. Second, jurisdiction matters. The accident location might determine where you must file your claim or suit. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling boating accident claims. We know how these cases differ and can help you understand the process.
How Long Do You Have to File a Boat Accident Claim in Michigan?
In Michigan, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is just three years from the date that the accident occurred, or three years from the date that you are diagnosed with an injury relating to the accident you were involved in. The more time that passes between now and the accident, the fewer options you have. It is imperative that you file your case on time.
Proving Liability for Your Boat Accident
The person who acted negligently and caused you to harm is at fault, but this can be difficult to prove in a boat accident. In a car accident, you have roadways with clearly marked lanes. You have signs and traffic signals. It is easier to determine who had the right-of-way and who was at fault. On the water, this can be more difficult to establish and prove. Our team will investigate and determine all at-fault parties in your case. All watercraft operators in Michigan have various obligations, including:
- Operating the vessel in a reasonable and prudent manner
- Having regard for other vessel traffic
- Following posted restrictions
- Observing and exercising caution in the presence of a divers-down flag
- Not endangering people or property
If a boater does not uphold these obligations, they can be considered “negligent.” Negligence is an important legal concept. If you can show that someone was negligent, you can pursue a claim against them. For the purposes of a boating accident in Michigan, we would need to show:
- The other party had a legal duty toward you, meaning that they had an obligation to drive with care.
- They violated (breached) this legal duty either due to carelessness or recklessness.
- This breach caused your accident.
- Your injuries were the result of the accident.
Our team of boat accident lawyers in Detroit, Michigan can prove these elements and build a case in accordance with their findings.
Hire Marko Law to Represent You Today
When you are ready to move forward with your case, we are here to help you every step of the way. Marko Law provides comprehensive legal services for victims of boat accidents in Michigan. Contact us today to get started with your claim. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and work on your behalf to take on the insurance companies. To schedule a free case evaluation, call us at 313-777-7LAW.