If you’re like many people in Georgia, then your idea of a perfect day is spending time on the water. However, your dream day can turn into a nightmare if you’re involved in a boating accident or crash.
Boating accidents have the potential to result in major, expensive injuries that limit your ability to live and work as you see fit. The cost of the resulting medical bills can be immense, and the resulting pain and suffering can have a profound negative impact on your life. That's why it’s important to protect your rights with the help of personal injury lawyers with the Don Turner Legal Team.
Find out why you should work with us when you need a boating accident attorney and learn how these serious accidents can occur.Types of Boating Accidents
Some of the most common types of boating accidents include:
- Collisions with other vessels
- Colliding with fixed objects
- Falling overboard
- Running aground on a rock or reef
- Flooding and swamping
Boating injuries have the potential to be devastating. A propeller can cause severe lacerations, dismemberment, or internal injuries. There is a risk of slips and falls on the decks and other surfaces of boats. Falling overboard can lead to severe injuries and the risk of drowning. Being run over by a boat can lead to traumatic injuries, disfigurement, or even death.
The operator of a boat is required by federal law to report an accident if it causes death, severe injury, the disappearance of a person from the boat, property damage in excess of $2,000.00, or the complete loss of the vessel itself.Taking Action After Your Boating Accident
In the immediate aftermath of a boating accident, your entire focus needs to be on healing from your injuries and moving on with your life. However, you also need to be sure that you’re doing everything you can to prove your boating accident injury claim. That is why it’s important to have a legal team like ours on your side.
After you have been injured in a boating accident or boat crash, we will examine the facts of your case to help you determine liability. For example, boating accidents can occur from equipment failure, defective products, and operator error. This means proving liability in your personal injury case can be difficult if you don’t have legal experience.
You don't want to let the insurance companies decide who is to blame. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney from our firm is the easiest way to determine liability in your case so that you can move forward with your injury claim.Holding an Operator Liable
When you hop into a boat for a day on the water, there is always a certain amount of risks involved due to the unpredictability of lakes and other waterways in the state of Georgia. However, many boating accidents are caused by the negligence of the boat operator, and if you were injured due to the negligence of the person operating the boat, you may have grounds for an injury claim.
For example, if the operator allows their boat to become overcrowded and an accident occurs, they can be charged with careless operation and held liable for any injuries suffered by passengers. Similarly, you may be able to bring a claim if you were injured after an operator has crashed their boat into an object such as a pier or dock.
Just as with car accidents, negligence on the part of the operator can lead to a boating accident and lead them to be held liable for injuries to another person. Examples of boat operator negligence can include:
- Operating a boat at dangerous speeds.
- Crashing into another boat.
- Failing to follow laws for operating a boat.
- Operating a boat in dangerous weather conditions.
- Operating a boat under the influence
If you believe your injuries were caused by the negligence of a boat operator, you should contact us to discuss your case.Hire an Atlanta GA Boating Accident Attorney
If you’ve been involved in a boating accident or crash and have suffered harm, you may be able to file an injury claim, and if you’re ready to start working on your claim, you should hire a boating accident attorney with the Don Turner Legal Team.
Our attorneys understand how devastating boating accidents can be. We are here to help you with your personal injury claim so that you can focus on your recovery. Contact us for a free consultation today.