Hunting in West Virginia can be a fun activity but also a dangerous one. It is important to remember that using a firearm is a serious responsibility and that there are safety rules and regulations you should follow as the owner of a gun to prevent accidents and deaths from gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, even with the best safety precautions in place, accidents involving guns still happen.
Here are some gun accident statistics that show how common this type of serious accident can be:
- in 2010, there were 452 pistols, 284 rifles and 190 revolvers registered to West Virginia gun owners;
- 436 people were charged with possession of a weapon in West Virginia in 2010;
- West Virginia ranks 10 among states in number of gun deaths per capita; and
- there were 12.7 deaths per 100,000 residents because of fire arms in West Virginia in 2008, compare to the national average of 10.3, with males being the most common victims.
Based on these statistics, it’s vital you use your firearm with safety precautions. If you’ve been injured in a hunting accident, seek medical attention and call a lawyer to see if you have a valid claim to file against the negligent party.
Contact a West Virginia Accident Attorney
Recreation opportunities abound in West Virginia, but hunting accidents can lead to potentially serious or fatal accidents. If you have been harmed because of somebody else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to seek justice. The Miley Legal Group will work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve and help you to move on with your life. Contact us today for a FREE consultation – 304-326-1800.