Boat Accident Lawyer in Gwinnett County
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, more than 7.5 million people visit Lake Lanier each year. Other lakes in and around Gwinnett County enjoy similar popularity. Unfortunately, the popularity of using the lakes can create hazards as inexperienced or negligent boaters take to the lakes. If you suffered injuries in a boat or Jet Ski accident, contact a boat accident lawyer in Gwinnett County today from the Law Offices of John Morrison.
How do injuries occur in boat and Jet Ski accidents?
Unlike cars, where passengers have seatbelts and airbags to protect them, passengers in a boating accident usually have little protection in a collision. Even seemingly minor accidents can throw passengers overboard and cause serious injuries.
Oftentimes, the actions of the operator cause the accident. These may occur because he:
- Did not see/did not look for objects – including other boats, Jet Skis, and swimmers – around the craft
- Operates the boat at excessive speeds
- Is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
In other cases, poor or improper maintenance or design defects in the watercraft may cause accidents.
Who can victims hold liable for injuries sustained in a boating accident?
Boat owners and operators have a duty to protect their passengers and others around them. They are also responsible for maintaining the boat, carrying enough life jackets, and using due caution when the boat is in motion.
Most commonly, claimants hold the boat operator liable after an accident. When boat operators fail to exercise a reasonable level of caution and it causes an accident and injuries, victims can hold them held liable for causing those injuries.
In other cases, the boat owner may also be partially responsible. This is especially true when a maintenance issue causes the crash, or when there is reason to believe the owner knew the operator was intoxicated. In addition to individual owners, victims may hold rental companies liable under the same circumstances.
If a manufacturing defect is the cause of an accident, victims may hold the boat company itself or the manufacturer of its components liable for any injuries that occur.
How can I recover compensation for my injuries?
Georgia law does not require boat or Jet Ski liability insurance, which may limit your options for compensation. However, it is possible to recover compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party. Speak with John Morrison, a Gwinnett County boat and Jet Ski accident attorney, about filing a lawsuit.
At the Law Offices of John Morrison, we will work with you to hold those who were at fault accountable for your injuries. We can help you recover compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today at 770-951-8900 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.