Hunting Firearm Accidents and Injuries
Hunting is a time-honored tradition in the South, and a popular form of recreation for all ages. Hunting allows families to get out and enjoy nature together, and special moments of family bonding occur when elder family members instruct younger ones on particular skills and practices that have been passed on through generations to ensure a successful hunt. In addition to the sporting aspects, hunting often provides a valuable food source, and many hunters and their families relish the flavor and freshness of wild game, something that is next to impossible to find in restaurants and grocery stores. While hunting has many positive aspects, most hunters know that they must take the appropriate precautions in order avoid injuries, especially when dealing with firearms. Hunting firearm accidents do happen, and often with tragic results. If you or a loved one enjoys hunting or is thinking of taking up this popular sport, familiarizing yourself with state rules, regulations, and safety practices can help ensure the safety of both yourself and others.
Local Hunting Firearm Accidents Lead To Tragedy
In October 2015, two South Carolina hunting accidents involving teenagers highlighted the dangers of hunting and the tragedies that can result from hunting accidents. One case involved a 17-year-old Anderson girl accidentally shot by her foster father while hunting. The other involved an 18-year-old Newberry County hunter killed by a gunshot wound in his abdomen. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. Both cases highlight the dangers hunters face from the use of weapons during hunting, the need for visibility when out in the woods with other hunters, and the need to be prepared and take extra precautions before shooting to ensure no one is hurt.
S.A.F.E Hunting Practices
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides hunting licensing and regulations for South Carolina residents as well as visitors. The DNR also focuses on educating hunters as far as the dangers present when hunting, and recommends safety practices that can help to reduce the number of hunting accidents. The DNR knows that firearms are often employed during hunting season, and they urge hunters to take the appropriate actions to help prevent serious and fatal accidents. A new DNR public service campaign titled ‘Hunt S.A.F.E. To Prevent Firearm Accidents’ offers the following hunting firearm safety tips:
- Secure firearms when not in use
- Always be aware of those around you who are not authorized to use a gun and those who should not have access, such as children
- Focus on your responsibility as a gun owner
- Educate yourself on safe gun handling and storage
Contact an Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney for Help
If you or someone you care about has been hurt or injured during or as the result of hunting, contact our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys today. We may be able to help you hold responsible parties accountable for their actions, and assist you in getting compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm for help today.