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Two Important Elements of Boating Laws

Scott Monge

Every year, thousands of people across the United States sustain serious injuries in recreational boating accidents. According to the United States Coast Guard, more than 2,600 people suffered injuries in boating accidents during 2013, and more than 500 victims died. There were also more than 5,000 vessels in accidents during that same period.

Boating injuries are particularly common on Georgia’s lakes and rivers. The aftereffects can be debilitating and expensive to treat. If you were the victim of a boating accident, it may be worth exploring a legal route with Monge & Associates to reclaim expenses.

At Monge & Associates, we can help you file a personal-injury claim. We handle a wide range of cases related to various accidents, including those involving boats. Scott Monge has been a member of the State Bar of Georgia for more than 20 years, and he has experience evaluating accidents and determining if the victim may have a valid claim.

Call us today at (800) 860-8021 to schedule an appointment with an Atlanta personal-injury lawyer, so we can establish if you may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. In the meantime, read on for more information regarding boating laws in Georgia.

Federal Laws

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are both federal and state boating laws in place. Federal laws require that the vessel operator or owner file a report with the state if the boat is in a crash causing significant property damage or during which a person dies, sustains serious injuries or disappears from the vessel. Furthermore, if the accident destroys the boat or causes damage to property other than the boat, it is important to report the incident to authorities.

Examples of reportable boating accidents include:

  • grounding
  • capsizing
  • sinking
  • a person falls overboard
  • fire or explosion onboard
  • waterskiing accident
  • collision with a submerged object

All of these events can cause serious injuries or fatalities; if in doubt, it is best to contact the authorities for advice.

Safety Equipment and Compliance

As a boat owner or operator, it is important to equip your vessel with the mandatory safety equipment as detailed by the Coast Guard. Among other equipment, this includes life jackets, fire extinguishers and distress signals.

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, it is important to have a pre-departure checklist to ensure all passengers’ safety. It will also prepare you for any accidents that may occur while out on the water, which could mean the difference between life and death.

If you sustained a serious boating injury, call Monge & Associates for advice. Scott Monge is an experienced Atlanta personal-injury attorney who can evaluate the accident and establish if you may have a valid clam.

We offer free initial consultations, during which we can assess your case and explain the options. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (800) 860-8021 — Because You Want to Win.

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