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    How Many People Are Injured Each Year Due To Hunting Accidents?

    Hunting Accidents

    Your best guess on how many people are injured each year due to hunting accidents probably depends upon your own personal values and viewpoint on hunting, firearms and more. If you’re a hunting enthusiast you probably assume that hunting is a relatively safe activity, and if you’re against hunting you likely inflate the number of anticipated accidents. Fortunately, the International Hunter Education Association makes a point of tracking these incidents, and that means that we have a pretty good idea of the number of fatal hunting accidents each year – or at least of how many are actually reported.

    According to the organization, in an average year, there are fewer than 1,000 people who are accidentally shot each year in hunting accidents, and fewer than 75 die as a result of these injuries. Those numbers represent a combination of incidents that occur in both the United States and Canada. The majority of fatalities from hunting gunshot accidents are self-inflicted, with hunters shooting themselves when they trip and fall or have other mishaps, though many occur when people are hunting together in hunting parties and one member of the party shoots another by accident. Most shooting injuries and fatal shootings while hunting occurs when hunters are looking for deer. This particular type of hunting is doubly dangerous because of its popularity and the use of more powerful guns.

    Interestingly, gunshot injuries do not represent the majority of injuries sustained while hunting. A greater number of injuries are a result of related activities, ranging from being involved in a car accident on the way to or from a hunting trip, heart attacks suffered while out in the field, hiking or most prevalent of all, from hunters falling from the tree stands in which they hide and wait for animals to come out into the open. Compared to the 1,000 firearm-related hunting injuries, there are nearly 6,000 injuries that are a result of falling from these stands.

    Many hunting accidents are a result of negligence: either hunter fire shots without first carefully looking to make sure that it is an animal at which they are aiming, or they are handing their weapons carelessly. If you or someone you love has been injured in a hunting accident and you need to know your legal rights, contact us today to set up a time for a consultation.

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