Whether you are enjoying a trip to the lake or have decided it’s a great day for the beach, there may be dangers lurking in the water. It’s not just the wildlife you have to worry about. Recreational boating fun gone wrong can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Boating accidents may involve swimmers, boat collisions, Jet Ski accidents, or passengers getting injured due to negligence on the part of another.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
A large number of boating accidents result from a driver being under the influence of alcohol. Boating under the influence is a crime, which is covered under O.C.G.A. § 52-7-12 if a moving vehicle, such as a boat or Jet Ski, is being driven. The weather is also a major factor in boating accidents. Weather may influence boating accidents, as well. Overexposure to sunlight can result in heat-related illness or injury, and severe weather can create hazardous conditions. These hazardous conditions can cause problems for inexperienced boaters.
If persons act negligently by failing to conduct themselves in a reasonable way when compared to a person in approximate circumstances, they may be liable when involved in boating accidents. This means those persons who do not adhere to expected safety rules and consider the safety of passengers are likely liable under Georgia law.
Boating accidents may result in criminal liability, civil liability, or both. If you are the victim of a boating accident, you can pursue damages for any injuries you incur. The persons responsible may be the owner or operator of the vessel. There are a number of laws which may be applicable, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Some of the laws that can apply include O.C.G.A. § 51-1-22 and O.C.G.A § 51-1-21.
The laws are broad in scope, so it would be impossible to go into every scenario involving boating accidents. However, liability in the accident is perhaps the most important aspect for victims of injury or the families of those who have lost their lives due to the negligence of another person(s). You may wish to seek compensation for damages if you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident.
H. Lehman Franklin
For legal advice, consultation, support, and representation you can turn to the firm of H. Lehman Franklin. We understand all too well how boating accidents can end in devastation for Georgia families. When you trust our firm to represent you in seeking damages for a boating accident, we will fight for fair compensation in your case. Boating fun should never result in tragedy and freak accidents are rare. In most cases, a person or persons is responsible for any injuries or deaths related to boating accidents in Georgia. We invite you to reach out to the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. if you need expert legal advice in the wake of an accident. You can call us at 912-764-9616 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A free consultation will allow a legal representative to assess your case and provide further advice and guidance.