At the offices of John D. Halepaska, we’re proud to offer personal injury attorney services for a wide variety of case types. While some of our most common cases include auto accident injuries, product liability and related types, we also happily assist clients with rarer personal injury cases, which can present themselves in a huge variety of different scenarios where one party might be liable for the injury or harm to another.
One such rarer type of incident is a hunting accident, which may not be a common event – but can be a highly dangerous one of it occurs. Let’s go over some basics to know here, including how negligence plays a role in resulting personal injury cases and how to ensure you aren’t the victim or perpetrator in a hunting accident.
Hunting Accidents – Rare, But Risky
Per data from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, a huge number of Americans hunt each year – around 11.5 million over the age of 16, in fact. And while dangerous weapons are used in this pursuit, the number of accidents is relatively low, with under 1,000 such shooting-related hunting incidents per year. Among these, fewer than 100 result in death.
However, it’s important to note that anything can happen once you’re out in common hunting territory. Hunters are looking for the slightest signs of movement in their area, and may mistake a moving human for an animal. There are also risks of tripping and falling, plus accidental weapon discharge. If you are a hunter, or if you’re someone who enjoys spending time in nature-heavy areas where hunting is permitted, it’s vital to be aware of the potential risks at play.
In rare cases where an accident does take place during hunting situations, most such cases will qualify as negligence. Someone who is injured in such an incident must prove that another party did not exercise reasonable care, and was therefore responsible. Such proof may include factors like:
- Lack of training or supervision for someone in the hunting party
- Improper handling of a firearm
- Firing a weapon without taking care to make sure the area was clear of humans
- Parents teaching children to hunt may be liable if their child injures someone
As we noted above, both hunters and non-hunters spending time in areas where hunting is permitted must take extreme caution. Wear bright, noticeable clothing that can be clearly identified by others. If you’re part of a hunting party, ensure everyone in the group is properly trained and supervised while handling their firearms.
For more on hunting accidents and how they work in terms of personal injury liability, or to learn about any of our auto accident injury attorney or other services, speak to the staff at the offices of John D. Halepaska today.