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Brown and white sign indicating a boat ramp.

The first step toward a fun and relaxing day on the water is getting your boat in the water. But launching a boat isn’t always a fun and relaxing process. Trying to back a vehicle up with a trailer attached is tricky enough, but then there’s the added pressure of trying to get your boat

Person Water Skiing on a lake.

There are lots of ways to have fun out on the water. For many people, it can be fun to simply spend the day staying on the boat or maybe swimming near the boat. But many others like to do a little water skiing or be pulled by a boat while riding in an innertube.

Grandfather and grandson fishing off of wooden boat

If you love fishing, Michigan is an excellent place to be. Between the great lakes and the many other lakes found throughout the state, there are many great places to cast your fishing line, whether you prefer to fish from a shoreline, by wading into the water, or by heading out on your boat. But

Woman sitting on front of large boat while man drives

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very strange year. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, countless people have been forced to change their plans and miss out on things that they normally count on as annual traditions, like summer vacations, 4th of July parties, and celebrations for other holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day,

Large luxury yacht riding through open water

Michigan is full of great boating opportunities and after a long, cold winter, lots of boaters are eager to get back out on the water. But in all the excitement about boating season finally making its return, it’s important to not forget about some basic boating safety measures. According the the U.S. Coast Guard, the

Boats anchored at dock on a lake surrounded by trees

There are lots of things a person can do to help make boating a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, both while you’re on the water and before you even set sail. One thing you’ll find at the top of that list is to check the conditions of the water on the day you’re planning

How to Avoid a Boating Accident

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 by
Large ship sinking in water on a calm day

Spending a day with your friends and family on your boat is a wonderful way to spend a nice summer afternoon. Boating may be fun, but there are dozens of ways it can go horribly wrong. Ultimately, boating is only as safe as you make it, so before you head back out on the water,

Michigan Boating Injury Lawyer

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 by
Old, rusted ferry boat sinking in water

WHEREAS, surrounded by the Great Lakes, Michigan’s beaches and waters attract millions of citizens and visitors each year for activities including swimming, fishing, water – skiing and boating; maintaining the safety of all people on Michigan waters is of utmost importance; and, WHEREAS, boating accidents can occur on smooth or turbulent waters, and it does not matter

An 11-year-old boy was unfortunately killed in a boating accident on Sylvan Lake this last Sunday. The boy and his two sisters were being pulled behind a jet ski in an inner tube. Their father was driving. Another boat crossed their path and collided with the children.

The driver said he was unable to see the children just before the accident occurred.

The two girls, ages 6 and 10, were severely injured. 10-year old Adriana is still being treated at Beaumont Hospital, where she is in critical condition. Sadly, 6-year old Gabrielle died Monday.