Georgia’s waterways offer great beauty and enjoyment. However, when things go wrong on the water, the results can be disastrous. Whether you are enjoying Georgia’s freshwater lagoons, rivers or lakes or the many saltwater bodies off Georgia’s coasts, accidents can happen to even the most experienced boaters. Bass Law has the experience you need to ensure your legal rights are protected and your injuries are fully and fairly compensated if you or a loved one is injured in a boating accident.
Types of Boat Accidents
Boating accidents can take many shapes and forms. At Bass Law, we handle all types of boating accidents. This includes non-motorized boats such as kayaks, sailboats and canoes, as well as motorized boats such as recreational boats, pontoon boats, commercial boats and even jetskis.
Causes of Boat Accidents
As boating has increased in popularity, the number of accidents has also been on the rise. There are many causes of boat accidents. Perhaps the most typically reported cause of boating accidents is Boating Under the Influence (“BUI”). The Boat Safety Act of Georgia prohibits anyone from operating any type of boat or personal watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Georgia has stiff penalties for anyone operating a boat if his or her blood alcohol content is 0.08 or higher, which is the same limit for operating a motor vehicle. Additional causes of boating accidents are operator inattention, operator error, inclement weather, limited visibility, violation of navigational rules and overcrowded waterways.
Injuries in Boat Accidents
Boating accidents can produce many types of injuries. Drowning is the most common cause of death in boat accidents. Additionally, injuries suffered in boat accidents may involve accidental amputations; head, neck and back injuries; broken bones; burns; and serious soft-tissue injuries.
When you hire Bass Law, you can ensure your legal rights are protected while relying on an experienced and compassionate Savannah boating-accident attorney to represent you. Because we work on a contingency basis, your legal fees and litigation costs are paid out of your recovery. You only pay if we win! At Bass Law, we are motivated to recover the best result for you in the most efficient and effective way possible. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.