Georgians like to boat during the summer at Lake Lanier and Lake Hartwell. They take to the lakes in a variety of personal watercraft, including:
- Water skis
- Jet skis
The vast majority of people will have a safe and enjoyable day. In rare instances, boaters may suffer serious injuries or even death. When someone else is responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Boating accident law is complex. There are far more variables at play than you would find in a car accident case. It may be challenging to figure out the responsible party, and you may have to contend with an insurance company that is trying to blame you for what happened. You cannot afford to be without an attorney for any length of time. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the sooner you can know whether you will get financial compensation and the size of your check.
Common Types of Boating Accidents
Here are some ways that boaters suffered an injury on or near the water:
- Collisions with other boats (other boaters may speed or operate their watercraft while intoxicated)
- Accidents caused by defective boats or parts
- Falling overboard when the operator is driving the boat dangerously
- Capsizing accident
- Marina and dock accidents
- Collision with a fixed object
Boats can be more dangerous because accidents happen in the water. You do not have seatbelts on the boat, and you may end up overboard in deep or rough water. Accordingly, fatality rates are higher in boat accidents. Boats are not made to withstand collisions with other watercraft or objects.