The message about not driving drunk doesn’t apply only to drivers of passenger vehicles. Boat operators, just like drivers of vehicles, have the same duty to their passengers and to other boaters sharing the water with them. When they fail to stay sober while driving a boat, they can be held liable for boating accidents and injuries they cause to Georgia boating under the influence victims.

Victims of drunk boating accidents can include:

  • Water skiers
  • Wakeboarders
  • Swimmers
  • Personal watercraft operators
  • Passengers on the boat or on another boat with which it collides

When drunk boating accidents on Georgia lakes occur, victims may suffer from serious injuries, which can include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Death

According to officials, alcohol is a factor in about 16 percent of fatal boating accidents nationwide. There were 109 boating accidents and 11 fatalities on Georgia lakes in 2011. Officials made 168 boating under the influence arrests in 2011, and 63 arrests have already been made on state lakes and waterways in 2012. Because of these facts and due to the fact that already there are too many Georgia drunk boating accident victims this year, law enforcement is asking boaters to boat sober this summer (a time already known to be dangerous for drunk boating crashes).

Sadly, some boaters continue to operate boats while intoxicated, even though it is a criminal offense and they could cause injuries or death to others. If you are a Forsyth County drunk boating accident victim, you need to seek legal advice for dealing with your serious injuries and making sure you are compensated adequately. Also, if your loved one died in a boating accident caused by a drunk boater, you shouldn’t have to deal with this tragedy alone. You may have a wrongful death claim, which may involve a criminal component to your case.

Our lawyers can help protect your rights after a Georgia DUI accident and ensure evidence such as BAC tests are preserved. It is important that you talk to a skilled Atlanta accident attorney as soon as possible to make sure you are compensated for the wrongs you suffered. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.

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