Forsyth County Boating Accident Attorney
Aiding Individuals Injured in Georgia Waters
The great state of Georgia is known for its many lakes and rivers, as well as its coast, which is why countless individuals flock to the water annually, especially in the summer, to enjoy outings and adventures on boats and watercraft. Unfortunately, this also means that our law firm has seen its fair share of boating accident cases. Though some accidents are unavoidable, there are many that are caused by someone’s carelessness or negligence. The Musgrove Law Firm is a local law firm that understands the types of accidents clients in Georgia can face. Our boating accident attorney in Forsyth County is well-versed in boating accidents and has handled countless personal injury cases successfully. Our team always puts our clients’ best interests first and makes sure they feel understood before we proceed with our work. You can trust us to achieve favorable results.
Common Types of Boating Accidents
There are many ways you can be injured in a boating accident. While on a river, lake, or at sea, it’s just as important to remain alert when steering boats as it is when you’re driving on the road. You’re not the only person on the water – others around you depend on you to create a safe environment, but they can also be the ones to put you at risk, too.
Common accidents that occur on boats include:
- Injuries caused by propellers
- Injuries caused by inexperienced boat operators who aren’t qualified or lack valid licenses
- Head-to-head collisions between boats and jet skis as a result of overcrowding, speeding, and not being mindful of staying within your channel on the water
- Accidents caused by overloading
- Accidents caused by defective or malfunctioning boats
- Collisions with docks and buoys
- Nighttime accidents as a result of improper lighting
- Failure to carry safety equipment on board
Many of these accidents are caused by carelessness or a lack of experience. Even when you’re going out on a boat for a casual party or even just for an hour-long cruise, you must be prepared at all times and aware of your surroundings. Some accidents are also caused by intoxicated boating. Georgia prohibits individuals from driving boats of they have a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% -- the same requirements applied to drivers of cars.
All states have their own statute of limitations when it comes to filing personal injury claims, including Georgia. A statute of limitations is the amount of time that individuals have to file a claim from the date of injury to secure financial compensation. When a claimant files a claim after the statute of limitations has passed, their case will most likely be dismissed and they will lose their opportunity to recover damages, even if they deserve it, and the at-fault party walks free.
In Georgia, boating accident victims have two years from the date of their accident to file their claim. It’s important to get started on your case right away to ensure that you can hire an attorney, collect evidence, fill out paperwork, and file your claim while giving yourself enough time.
Contact our team online or at (470) 347-1515 for a free consultation. The sooner you call us, the sooner you can cover your costs and focus on the healing process.
Our boating accident attorney can protect your potential case and help you pursue the maximum amount of compensation possible. Georgia boating laws can be complex and require a trained eye to understand and interpret the nuances of the laws and your unique situation. Additionally, the people or entities who caused your boating accident most likely have insurance companies that are always looking for ways to undermine claims and avoid paying compensation.
Our team may be small, but we have the necessary experience, skills, and resources needed to build your claim and secure payment for damages. We can investigate the scene of your accident and negotiate a settlement that offers benefits for you and your family.
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