With Lake Lanier, Lake Oconee, and Lake Hartwell just a short drive from Atlanta—plus numerous other waterways throughout the state—it’s no wonder that many Georgians enjoy recreational boating. While boating can be an enjoyable way to spend a summer Saturday, it can also lead to serious accidents when people act carelessly or recklessly. Whether caused as a result of inexperience, inattention, or inebriation, boating accidents tend to have devastating, even deadly, consequences.
If you or your loved one was injured in a boating accident and you believe the accident was caused by someone else’s negligent actions, you may be entitled to recover financial compensation. The Atlanta-based boating accident attorneys at Monge & Associates can help you clearly understand your legal rights and options. For more than 25 years, we have been helping victims of negligence fight for the justice and recovery they are owed. We offer free initial consultations and contingent fees, meaning you don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
Reach out to our firm today to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Call (800) 860-8021 or fill out and submit an online contact form to get started.
Common Causes of Boating Accidents
Boating accidents occur for a number of reasons. Because of the relaxed attitude surrounding boating culture, many people fail to follow Georgia’s boating laws. However, these laws, which govern everything from how old you must be to operate a vessel to required safety courses for boat operators, are designed to protect boaters and others on the water. When these laws are ignored, it can result in terrible consequences.
Some of the most common causes of boating accidents include:
- Boating while intoxicated (BUI/BWI)
- Operator inattention and distracted boat operation
- Improper lookout (for other boaters, swimmers, water hazards, etc.)
- Inexperienced and/or underage boat operators
- Speeding and other reckless maneuvers
- Ignoring navigational rules
- Failing to comply with boating laws
- Defective boat parts
- Machinery failures
Because boating accidents occur over water, many collisions result in drownings and fatalities. In other instances, boat operators, passengers, swimmers, and others involved in the accident suffer catastrophic, life-altering injuries. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a boating accident, our firm can help. Contact Monge & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Boating Accidents Involving BUI/BWI
According to certain statistics, as many as one-third of all boating accidents involve at least one boat operator who is intoxicated. Georgia law prohibits all boat drivers from operating a motorboat, sailboat, jet ski, or another type of watercraft with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or above. Drivers who are convicted of boating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs are at risk of receiving a BUI conviction and the associated criminal penalties. They are also at risk of civil litigation.
A person who operates a boat while intoxicated is negligent. If he or she causes an accident, the victims and/or the victims’ families can hold the negligent boat operator accountable by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim. While financial recovery cannot undo the pain and suffering you have endured, it can help with the cost of medical expenses, lost income/wages, lost future income, and related damages.
Contact Monge & Associates for a Free Consultation
Boating accidents are not only frightening but they also often result in catastrophic injuries and life-altering disabilities. At Monge & Associates, we are committed to helping you fight for the justice and recovery you are owed while working to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. Throughout our decades in practice, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for injured individuals and families in Atlanta, Georgia, and throughout the U.S. While we cannot promise a specific outcome for your case, we can promise that we will do everything in our power to help you secure the full, fair compensation you are owed.
Schedule your free consultation with us by calling (800) 860-8021 or by contacting us online.