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Gun Accidents in Kentucky, Ohio & West Virginia

According to the CDC, in 2018 there were more than 2,600 firearm-related deaths in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Firearm-Related Fatalities in 2018

  • Kentucky: 762 deaths
  • Ohio: 1,555 deaths
  • West Virginia: 343 deaths

Gun accidents do not “just happen.” There is always a reason why a firearm discharges unexpectedly and hurts someone. As it is often implied, guns do not hurt people, people do. Our passionate team of injury law professionals will dig deep to determine liability in gun accidents through a thorough analysis of the evidence at hand.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or killed in a gun accident in seek justice by calling Burnside Brankamp Law at (888) 724-9319 for a free consultation!

How Gun Accidents Happen?

No matter the circumstances, the root cause of gun accidents that caused your harm is due to someone’s negligence due to lack of training, handling or many other reasons. Knowing how they acted negligently is crucial to establish your claim as valid before the eyes of the court or an insurance company. Let our gun negligence attorneys use their extensive experience to prove negligence occurred and how.

Gun accidents often happen due to:

  • Negligent training: People who want to handle and discharge a firearm first need ample training to know what to do and what not to do. Without getting firearm training, anyone holding a loaded weapon has a high chance of causing an accident and should be held liable for their negligence.
  • Negligent handling: Every firearm needs to be treated as if it is loaded and capable of discharging a round at all times. Many gun accidents occur when people forget this rule and negligent handle a firearm, such as passing it back and forth, try target practice on an unofficial range, or just do not engage the safety when not in use.
  • Negligent storage: Gun owners are constantly reminded to store their firearms with utmost care, including unloading all ammunition, putting in a muzzle stop, and locking the entire weapon in a heavy case. Failing to store a gun properly can cause it to be discharged while in transit or while being taken out of storage.
  • Impaired operation: Firearms should never be used by someone who is intoxicated by alcohol or impaired in any other way, such as due to drug use or a mental incapacity. Someone who uses a gun while impaired for any reason may be entirely accountable for any gun accidents they cause.

When a Gun Manufacturer Causes a Gun Accident

Sometimes a gun owner uses full precautions while handling their firearms and they still get hurt. If a defect can be found in the construction of the firearm, then the manufacturer might be liable for damages. Be sure to keep any packaging and instructions that come with your firearms, ammunition, and gun-related accessories, like a carrying case or holster. Such information can be key evidence for a future gun accident claim.

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