When Friends Become Involved in a Boat Accident

Watercrafting is a fun activity, and Georgia’s waterways provide plenty of opportunities for friends to make memories together. However, it is important to stay safe while on the water. Being involved in a boat accident can be a terrifying experience, especially when friends are at risk of suffering serious injury or death.

Water Safety

Always remain mindful of the weather, as it can become your worst enemy in a heartbeat. Boating is unsafe in unpredictable weather, such as strong winds. Always check the forecast before you set out. Make sure to always wear a lifejacket and take an active role in checking to make sure the boat is ready for the water. Discuss what you will do in the case of a boat accident. It’s important to have a plan in place so everyone reacts quickly to save lives. 

Identify any weak swimmers and exercise safety while on board the boat. Avoid horseplay and drinking alcohol while out on a boat, as these activities greatly increase the risk of boat accidents occurring. Treat every kind of watercraft with respect while you have fun out on the water. 

In Case of a Boat Accident

If you and your friends are involved in a boat accident, it is important to ensure injured parties receive immediate medical attention. Check your numbers to make sure everyone is on board and, if possible, provide assistance to anyone who has gone overboard. In the case of a capsized and/or broken watercraft, seek floating debris to cling to or climb on. You should signal for help in whatever way you can, so long as it is safe to do so. 

Help each other remain afloat after the boat accident until help arrives. It is also important to remain aware of your numbers and relative positions in the water. Provide the coast guard or other parties involved in the rescue with details of any missing members of your party so a search can begin immediately. Once everybody is safe and back on dry land, pursue any medical treatment necessary for your injuries. 

Boat Accident Injury Compensation

A boat accident may result in serious injuries or fatalities. As the victim of the accident, you have the right to pursue coverage for medical costs and damages. Regardless of whether you believe the operator of your boat or another watercraft was responsible, you may want to discuss the details of the accident with a personal injury lawyer before speaking to an insurance adjuster. 

H. Lehman Franklin P.C. can provide excellence in consultation and representation if you have been involved in a boat accident. We have the knowledge and experience needed to help you fight for fair compensation if you have been injured as the results of negligent operation of a watercraft.

Call the offices of H. Lehman Franklin P.C. to provide further details of your boat accident. You can reach our team by telephone at 912-764-9616, or email info@hlfranklin.com to request a free consultation.