With Atlanta situated near several lakes, and the ocean not far away, boating is a common activity among Georgians. With very warm summer temperatures, boating is the perfect way to beat the heat. It’s common to see speed boats, pontoons, and jet skis all sharing the water on a warm weekend afternoon. Unfortunately, drivers on board are not always as cautious as they are when behind the wheel. From drinking to speeding, there are several possible causes of boating accidents that boaters, and others on the water, need to be aware of.
Contact the experienced attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP right away if you have been injured in a boating accident. We have help you get started on your accident claim, and provide you with the high quality legal representation you deserve.
What to do After a Boating Accident
If you have been involved in a boating accident, treat it as similarly as you would a car accident. Document as well as you can, call for medical assistance, gather the names and contact information of anyone involved.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Drowning is the most common cause of death in fatal boating accidents, while collisions with other boats, watercraft, or people can also cause catastrophic injures such as paralysis. While most people recognize the dangers associated with drinking and driving a car, boating is a recreational activity that many people engage in while drinking. To ensure that everyone has a fun, safe day on the water, boat operators should take the same caution as they do when jumping behind the wheel. The most common factors in boating accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Improper lookout
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Machinery failure
Not every accident is the fault of the driver. Some boating accidents are due to defective watercraft design, manufacture or maintenance issues. Manufacturers may be held liable for victims’ injuries and damages if a manufacturer fails to produce equipment that meets safety standards.
Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP if You’ve Been Injured in a Georgia Boating Accident
If you have been involved in an accident on the water, please contact the Atlanta lawyers at Mortaikais & Kushel, LLP to schedule a free initial consultation. We represent injury victims and the families hurt on Lake Allatoona, Lake Lanier, Lake Acworth and waterways across the state of Georgia. We are here to help you recover fair compensation for your injures and damages. Please call (404)445-1411 today or fill out our online contact form.