Everyone enjoys a relaxing day at the lake, especially if it means riding around in a boat. There are certain safe boat operating guidelines that all operators should adhere to and all passengers should be aware of. These rules are necessary for the safety of all passengers as well as for other boats in the vicinity. Some are also state laws and regulations regarding water safety. Following these will help ensure everyone has fun in the sun, but if you’ve been injured, a boating accident attorney can help.
Boating accidents are more likely to occur in spring and summer, weekends, holidays, and events when the lake is crowded. But because they can happen at any time, the boat operator needs to be experienced and follow all the rules. Boat operators and even jet ski drivers have the same responsibilities as automobile drivers. Here are the guidelines for safe boating practices:
Most accidents are caused by inexperienced boaters who are unfamiliar with how to drive and don’t know the boat’s limitations. The operator of the boat is responsible for the safety of all passengers and is therefore responsible for any injuries.
There are many causes of boating accidents, some more common than others. Many accidents are caused by drivers who rent the boat and don’t know the rules and guidelines. This is especially true with jet skis, which also cause water sport accidents. Jet ski drivers are often young and more reckless compared to boat operators.
Alcohol use is a major cause of accidents. Drinking tends to make boaters more relaxed and not entirely on their guard. It also interferes with good judgment. Accidents, therefore, become more likely to happen, and in some cases result in drowning. Similarly, drug use will make it more difficult to properly operate the boat. Accidents involving drug or alcohol use will result in liability for the driver.
Another cause of boating accidents is equipment failure. This may be the result of either a product defect or failure to properly maintain the boat. After this type of accident, it may take an investigation to determine what exactly caused it.
Any sort of reckless behavior due to inexperience, alcohol, or drugs, is unacceptable. Inexperienced drivers are often overly confident and believe they know the rules when they don’t. They also tend to overestimate their ability to safely engage in what is clearly risky behavior. Racing other boats, allowing unruly passengers onboard, and showing off can easily cause an accident.
A serious accident can hurt passengers onboard or on other vessels. This may result in significant medical expenses, personal property damage, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
If you or a loved one suffers an injury from an unexpected boating accident, contact a personal injury attorney in Atlanta. Treat your boating accident the same as you would an automobile accident. Also, be aware that the statute of limitations for such an accident is two years. With the help of an experienced attorney, a thorough investigation will be conducted to determine who is at fault. Your personal injury attorney will fight to make sure the negligent party is held responsible. Contact Hammers Law Firm today for aggressive legal representation you can count on.