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Can I Sue if I’m Injured in a Boating Accident?

As the weather warms, more and more people are spending their time outdoors. One of many people’s favorite ways to enjoy the spring and summer months is to enjoy rivers and lakes. There are few better ways to spend a beautiful weekend than relaxing and boating on a lake. Unfortunately, boating comes along with many dangerous risks not unlike other motor vehicles. Due to their unique nature and the environment in which they are operated, boating accidents can occur and cause serious injury. According to the United States Coast Guard, in 2012, there were 4,515 accidents that resulted in 3,000 injuries and 651 deaths on American waterways.

If you or a loved one was injured in a boating accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to recovery for your medical expenses and other damages. The best way to determine if you should file a Georgia personal injury claim is to schedule a free consultation with the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as possible.

What are Some Common Causes of Boating Accidents?

Boats are simply motor vehicles that travel on water instead of land. They come with most of the risks of cars and trucks, but also have a set of risks and challenges that are unique to them. For example, boats are much harder to control than cars and are more susceptible to weather and user inexperience. Some of the common causes of boating accidents are:

  • Operator inexperience
  • Equipment failure
  • Reckless operation
  • Excessive speed
  • Boat overloading
  • Operator inattention
  • Passenger and skier behavior
  • Failure to yield to other watercraft
  • Alcohol use

 

Contact a Peachtree City personal injury attorney for a free consultation

The experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can assist you in determining the extent of your claim. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, please call our office at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia