Boating may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people outside of Georgia think about our state, but with 14 river basins, 23 large lakes, over 425,000 acres of public lakes and reservoirs, and about 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, Georgia is the home of thousands of boat owners and boating enthusiasts. In fact, more than 319,000 boats are registered in the state of Georgia. Unfortunately, anywhere you have that many boats and boaters, there will be accidents and injuries, and some of those will be quite serious and occasionally fatal.
Scores of Georgia residents and visitors are seriously injured every year in boating accidents in this state, but if you are injured by the negligence of a boat operator in a boat accident or collision, speak at once with an experienced Atlanta boat accident attorney at Spaulding Injury Law. Under Georgia law, injured victims of negligence are entitled to compensation for all of their medical expenses, lost wages, and more – if they can prove that they were genuinely injured and that the injury was caused by another person’s negligence.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS IN GEORGIA?
Intoxication, recklessness, and distraction are the leading causes of boating accidents. Defective equipment – primarily safety devices and engines – can also be a cause of boating accidents and serious injuries. If you are injured by a boat operator’s negligence or by a boating equipment failure in Georgia, do not agree to any settlement, sign any insurance forms, or speak with any insurance company representative before you consult an experienced Atlanta boat accident attorney at Spaulding Injury Law. Any settlement you are offered quickly will very likely be for an amount that is far less than the real value of your injury claim.
Do not admit any fault or responsibility for the accident. Take as many photos as you can of the injuries, property damage, and the accident site. Make copies of any paperwork you are given by law officers or medical providers because of the accident. Seek medical attention immediately, and then speak to an experienced Atlanta boat accident attorney at Spaulding Injury Law. When you become our client after a boating injury, an attorney can examine the evidence, interrogate the witnesses, and if necessary have the boat scrutinized by experts to determine if flawed equipment had any part in causing the accident.
HOW ELSE CAN AN ATLANTA BOAT ACCIDENT ATTORNEY HELP?
If a boat operator was intoxicated, reckless, or distracted when he or she injured someone, that boat operator can be held responsible for his or her carelessness when the boating accident victim pursues a personal injury claim. By investigating thoroughly and building the case on solid facts along with eyewitness and expert testimony, an Atlanta boat accident attorney can help an injury victim receive full monetary compensation for medical treatment, lost earnings, and sometimes much more.
After a boating injury, and after you’ve received medical attention, speak promptly with an experienced attorney at Spaulding Injury Law by calling 770-744-0890. You may also reach us by filling out the contact form right here on the website. The attorneys at Spaulding Injury Law are ready and prepared to protect the rights of our clients and to advocate aggressively for justice on their behalf.