In order to take advantage of the state’s beautiful shoreline and
lakes, thousands of Georgia residents spend time boating and enjoying
other nautical recreational activities each year. While boating can be
an extremely enjoyable way to spend your time, it also carries with it
a risk of serious injury.
When serious boating accidents happen, victims’ lives can be changed
in an instant. In addition, some boating accidents may even be fatal or
lead to serious drowning incidents, leaving victims’ families and
loved ones trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. Under Georgia
law, when people are injured by accidents caused by negligence, they may
be able to recover for their losses by filing a legal claim against the
responsible party or parties. A boating accident lawyer can help you determine
what course of action to take.
There are several parties that could be held liable in a boating accident
that resulted in injury, including the following:
Other Boaters – Other boaters are among the most common causes of boating accidents. Despite
Georgia’s prohibition on
boating while intoxicated, many people still view boating and drinking alcohol as going hand in
hand. In addition, many boaters may fail to pay attention due to a variety
of distractions, including reading, looking at scenery, talking to passengers,
or using a cell phone or other personal electronic device. Many boaters
also may not be qualified to pilot their watercraft, or may not be aware
of how to properly operate it. If any of these or similar issues caused
an accident, it may be sufficient to establish liability on the part of
Boat Manufacturers – Under general product liability principles, people who are injured
by defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed boats may be able to
recover for their injuries. Defective design claims arise when a boat
is designed in such a way as to make it inherently dangerous. For example,
if a boat is unreasonably prone to capsizing because of its design, it
is likely that it has been designed defectively. On the other hand, a
defective manufacture claim will be based on some issue that occurred
in the manufacturing process, such as the use of defective materials or
poorly sealed seams. Finally, marketing defects involve a failure to warn
a consumer about a non-obvious danger that could have been easily mitigated
by providing a warning.
The Driver of the Boat on Which You Are Passenger – In addition to boaters in other boats, the person operating your boat
may also be at fault in causing an accident. Similarly, any instances
of boating while intoxicated, distracted boating, boating too fast, or
other forms of negligence may be sufficient to establish legal liability.
Marinas – Companies that are in the business of renting boats to consumers have a
duty to ensure that the watercraft that they rent are safe to use and
free from dangerous defects. If an accident occurs because a marina rents
out a boat that is unsafe to operate, victims may be able to recover from
the rental company for any losses they sustain.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Atlanta injury attorneys of Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are dedicated to helping people affected
by boating accidents obtain justice through the legal system. We are available
for an initial consultation to discuss your case with you at no cost to
you, and generally do not charge any attorney’s fees unless we bring
your case to a successful resolution.
In addition, we are committed to making ourselves available and keeping
you fully in the loop as to the progress of your case. To
schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (404) 869-8600.