Hunting Accidents

When someone is careless, hunting accidents can and often do occur. Injuries can leave a person with a lifetime of pain and suffering, medical bills, wage loss and even death. In 2004, there were approximately 700 accidental firearm related fatalities. We can explain your rights in the event of a hunting accident.

Hunting Accident Insurance

Insurance may help cover these losses. Homeowners insurance often covers hunting accidents.

Hunting Injury Causes

Even though hunting is reasonably safe, hunting injuries occur. The majority of two-party hunting accidents involve hunters swinging on upland game with shotguns, but only ones imagination limits how a hunting accident can occur.

Most common causes of hunting accidents:

  1. The victim moved into the shooter’s line of fire
  2. The victim was covered by the shooter who was swinging on game
  3. The victim was out of sight of the shooter
  4. The victim was mistaken for game (failure to identify target)
  5. The victim or a hunting partner used a firearm with a defective fire control mechanism

Hunting Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a hunting injury, call us. We can help you with your medical bills, lost wages and other financial compensation. We have the experience and resources to fight for you. There is no charge to evaluate your claim and there are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.

Hunting and Firearm Safety

Self-inflicted gunshots are the second most common cause of accidental discharge injuries and fatalities. These casualties are caused by defective firearms or by improperly handling a loaded firearm in some manner.

Follow these rules to enhance safety:

Rule 1: Always treat a firearm as if it is loaded and ready to fire.

Many firearm accidents and hunting injuries are caused by a handler thinking a gun is emptied or the safety is on. Misunderstandings often lead to accidental gunshots that can result in hunting injuries. It is a safe practice to unload your gun as soon as you are finished shooting. Store your firearm and ammunition separately.

Rule 2: Always point the muzzle away from anyone or anything you don’t want to shoot (Always point the muzzle in a safe direction).

As difficult as this rule is to follow at all times, it is very important in preventing an accidental discharge from injuring another person. Hunting injuries are sometimes caused by passing a firearm to another person while failing to be mindful of this rule. Two safe directions to point the muzzle are upwards toward the sky and downwards toward the ground. It is very common for hunters to momentarily pass the muzzle over feet and other objects near that ground that are not intended targets of the weapon’s destructive capacity.

Obviously, the manufacturer of a firearm is responsible for designing a rifle that only discharges when the trigger is pulled. As is seen in the “Remington” secton of this website, manufacturers sometimes fail to do so.

Rule 3: Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

This rule also helps prevent an accidental discharge. It is best not to touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Rule 4: Always be sure of your target and what is beyond before shooting.

Many hunting injuries are caused by shooting at an unidentified target or non-target. Bullets can travel great distances and still cause serious or fatal hunting injuries.

Hunting Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has suffered a hunting injury you may be entitled to file a claim against the responsible party. Hightower Angelley, LLP can investigate your accidental discharge injury claim and help you with medical bills, lost wages and other financial compensation. We have the experience and resources to fight for you. There is no charge to evaluate your claim and there are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.