Hunting season can be dangerous for many reasons, so our Gastonia accident attorneys want to reiterate the importance of taking necessary safety precautions to reduce the risk of an accident from occurring. Hunters are at risk of falling from a tree stand, stumbling on tree roots, shooting themselves or someone else, all of which can lead to serious or even fatal injuries.
In many cases, the urgency and quality of medical attention can be critical to survival when a hunter is injured or shot. Contacting an injury lawyer for consultation can help assure your rights are protected.
At a North Carolina Paramedic Competition recently, EMS first responders were practicing their skills on a hunter shot in a mock hunting accident in Greensboro. The News & Record reports the simulated hunting camp helps prepare paramedics and EMS personnel on what to do in an emergency situation when a hunter falls off a tree stand from an allergic reaction, has a heart attack in the middle of the woods, or gets shot while hunting. Though the competition is meant as a learning tool for first responders, it directs our attention to how dangerous of a sport that hunting can be.
Between 2007 and 2008, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission reported 36 hunting accidents, 8 of which were fatal. There had only been one other year since 1990 that as many as 8 fatalities had been reported in a single hunting season.
Injuries and deaths were spread out in several different counties but Harnett and Moore counties were the only two which reported more than 2 hunting accidents in that time period. Several of the accidents were caused by a hunter falling out of a tree stand and for failing to use a safety belt. Other accidents were caused by careless handling of firearms, stumble or fall, faulty equipment or a victim being mistaken for game or moving into the line of fire.
The most fatal and non-fatal accidents occurred while deer hunting. The two most dangerous times of the day for hunting accidents in those years were 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with 12 reported accidents occurring during each time period. The age groups injured the most in accidents were 20-29 year-olds followed by 40-49 year-olds.
In those two years, 22 percent of hunting accidents were caused by a shooter in violation of the law at the time of the accident. This could be in large part because only 32 percent of hunters had taken a hunter education course. It is vital for hunters to be trained and educated in order to reduce the number of accidents that occur each year. For the most updated hunting regulations effective August 1, 2011 to July 31, 2012, visit NC Wildlife Resources Commission online.
Hunting Safety Tips:
- Always hunt with a friend and let someone know where you will be hunting.
- Inspect hunting equipment before and after each hunting expedition.
- Wear a blaze orange hat or coat to ensure visibility for other hunters. Also dress appropriately to prevent hypothermia.
- Before shooting, identify your target.
- Always use haul lines and safety belts in tree stands.
- Never run with your finger on the trigger. Keep gun unloaded and safety lock on when gun is not being used.
- Never set up for target practice in a residential area.
If you have been involved in a hunting accident in Statesville, Asheville, Hickory or the surrounding areas, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-887-1965.
EMS teams test their first-responder skills, by Robert Lopez, News & Record.
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