The hot Georgia summer is upon us and with that comes fun on the water.
Whether its fishing in lake areas of Walter F. George, water skiing on
Lake Lanier, floating down the Flint River, or deep sea fishing off the
coast of Tybee Island, Georgia enjoys one of the largest percentages per
capita of boat owners in the country. Unfortunately, negligent actions,
carelessness, poor boat maintenance, and the overuse of alcohol contribute
to severe injuries and death. In fact, many recreational boat operators
are poorly trained in boating and do not understand basic rules of the water.
The good news is that most boats are required to carry insurance. Either
by regulation or because the bank that holds the note on the vessel requires
insurance, this can provide a source of recovery if you, a friend or family
member are injured on a boat. Jim and Jason stand ready to assist victims
of boating accidens 24/7 so do not hesitate to call us. We are experienced
Georgia boat accident lawyers and we would be honored to help you. However,
based on our experience in these cases, we offer the following safety
tips for you to consider when boating:
(1) Always know where the propeller is located and avoid it while climbing
on a boat. We have seen cases where swimmers and skiers do not pay attention
to the propeller when climbing into the boat. This usually results, in
our experience, to unspeakable injuries to a victims legs.
(2) Don't drink and operate a boat. If you are a passenger on a boat
and the operator is drinking, get off the boat. It is that simple.
(3) Always wear a life vest and keep floatation devices close to you.
(4) Keep children close to you. Little ones will love the experience of
racing across the water but they are not adults. Their sense of adventure
and lack of attention can result in tragedy.
(5) Observe No Wake Zones. No Wake Zones are primarily located in congested
areas near marinas or docking areas where there are more boats than on
the open waters. The congestion can lead to accidents.
If you need us, call us. We are ready to help.