Common Causes of Hunting Accidents
hunting accidents are gun-related, and they typically stem from the following:
Errors in judgement—A hunter may mistake a person for an object or animal, or they may
fail to evaluate the foreground and background surrounding their target
before shooting, either of which could result in serious injury to people involved.
Gun safety violations—Anyone holding or operating a gun during a hunting excursion could
seriously injure themselves or other people involved by failing to follow
proper safety protocol when carrying, cleaning, pointing, or discharging a gun.
Hunter inexperience—If a hunter does not have significant experience operating a gun,
they could discharge their firearm accidentally or make stray shots that
could hurt others in the vicinity. Inexperienced gun users are also more
likely to forget basic gun safety rules, such as the requirement that
a hunter be sure of what is behind the target and what lies between themselves
and the target.
Gun or part malfunction—Improper ammunition, barrel obstruction, squib loads, failure to
feed, and other gun malfunctions could cause firearms to backfire, explode,
and harm those involved.
Ways to Avoid Hunting Accidents
While human error is always a possibility, there are a few things you can
do to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones while hunting and
- Don’t operate a gun without proper safety training and experience.
- Always ensure your intended target is the correct target and that nothing
nearby could cause the bullet to ricochet or harm others in the vicinity.
- Never point the muzzle of your firearm at yourself or another person.
- Always handle your firearm as if it is loaded with live ammunition and
ensure the safety is on when not preparing to shoot.
It will certainly play in your favor to be as cautious as possible when
hunting with firearms. However, firearm malfunctions are typically outside
your control, and they could cause serious injuries to you or someone
you love. In such cases, you may be able to recover compensation from
the responsible party in order to afford related medical expenses, lost
Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients in Wichita
At Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, we may be able to help you obtain
the compensation you need to afford necessary medical care following a
hunting accident. If the negligence of another person or entity played
a role in your injuries and related costs, a personal injury lawsuit may
be your best move. However, it is always best to meet with an experienced
injury lawyer before determining your next steps, and we are here to give
you the trustworthy legal counsel you need.
Call (316) 313-4730 today to speak to a Wichita hunting accident attorney
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