Boating & ATV Accidents

Summer brings out Minnesotans’ love for the water. From fishing and boating to tubing, jet skiing, and water skiing, Minnesotans spend their summer on the water. The vast majority of these participants are safe, responsible operators. But occasionally something goes wrong. Watercraft collide. Sometimes alcohol is involved. Boats are overloaded, or operators simply make unsafe maneuvers which result in injury to passengers or other boaters. Every summer innocent people are killed or seriously injured in water recreation accidents.

The Bolt Hoffer Boyd Law Firm represents people who have been injured or who have lost loved ones in boating accidents. Many of us have extensive experience as watercraft operators, water-skiers, and fishing enthusiasts, which gives us insight into the nature of these accidents and how they can happen.

ATV and Snowmobile Accidents

ATVs and snowmobiles are fun and popular recreational vehicles in the U.S. and particularly in Minnesota. Unfortunately, like all vehicles, these devices can be dangerous when placed in the hands of careless or reckless operators, or when they have been designed improperly. These accidents are not uncommon; in 2007, over 145,000 people were checked into emergency care for related injuries. If you have been victimized by an ATV or snowmobile accident, please contact a skilled Minnesota personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Negligent or reckless use of a snowmobile or ATV can be outright deadly. Victims and families of victims of these accidents have the right to claim compensation for their injuries, pain and emotional suffering. If the driver of the snowmobile or ATV that caused the accident was drinking at the time of the crash, your Minnesota personal injury lawyer may be able to help you claim additional compensation in the form of punitive damages as a way to punish the reckless driver who put you or your family member’s life at risk.

You may need an injury lawyer skilled in product liability claims

Aside from reckless and negligent operation, a frequent cause of ATV and snowmobile accidents is product defects. When product liability issues are at hand, your Minnesota personal injury attorney will be required to locate evidence proving the defect existed and that it caused, or worsened your accident. If the company has issued a recall for the specific device, this may serve as evidence that they knew about its potential risks.

If you or a loved one was injured in an ATV or snowmobile accident, please contact a Minnesota personal injury lawyer from The Law Firm of Bolt Hoffer Boyd. We look forward to meeting you during our free initial consultation. Contact us today.