With the weather turning cooler and the long days of summer behind us, many across North Carolina are taking to the woods and going hunting. Hunting can be a lot of fun, but obviously there is a chance someone will be injured. There are various ways someone could be injured, including tripping and falling, falling from a tree stand, or, of course, being injured in a firearms accident.
According to a recent news article from WNCT, a man died in a hunting accident in Pitt County, North Carolina. This is the first fatal hunting accident for this particular county in 2014.
Authorities say the accident occurred around 7:30 in the evening. Police received a call about a hunter who had not returned. They went into the woods looking for this hunter at his last known position when they discovered his body. He was a 57-year-old man from Greenville. Deputies believe victim accidentally shot himself, which resulted in his death. However, authorities have not given any kind of detailed description of what they believe occurred and how he managed to fatally wound himself. The state medical examiner will be performing a full autopsy and will make its report available to law enforcement, the family and other interested parties once they have completed the autopsy and prepared their findings.
The sheriff’s office is urging everyone to practice safe hunting techniques to help make sure everyone comes home from a hunt safely.
While this accident allegedly involved a victim who had accidentally shot himself, many hunting accidents in Spartanburg, South Carolina involve the dangerous and potentially negligent acts of other people. If you or a loved one is injured or killed as a result of the negligence of someone else, you should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to see if you have a case.
There are a lot of factors that increase the risk of having a serious accident, and these can be used as evidence in your personal injury case for a hunting accident. For example, if the at-fault hunter has not taken the state-required hunter education course, does not have a valid license, or is hunting out of season or with an impermissible weapon, this can be used as evidence. There have been cases when it was bow season and someone was illegally hunting with a long-range rifle. This is very dangerous activity. In bow hunting season, hunters generally do not have to wear blaze orange and must get very close to their target. If there is a hunter with a Winchester 300 magnum and scope that sees something moving from over 500 yards away, it is not hard to see how this could result in serious injury or death.
Another factor that can greatly increase the chance of a hunter negligently injuring another hunter in the woods is alcohol. No one should ever hunt or otherwise handle a firearm if they are intoxicated. Unfortunately, people choose to go hunting while drunk all the time. If a hunter who is intoxicated injures you, this could certainly be used to establish a personal injury case.
Contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices by calling 800-887-1965.
Man shot, killed in NC county’s 1st fatal hunting accident ID’d, October 27, 2015, WNCN, by Eric Anderson
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