We have all heard the phrase “with great risks comes great reward”, in this case with great reward comes great risk. Being out on the open water is such a fun activity that very few people are able to enjoy, but so many people love. The fun and excitement that comes with boat riding also introduces danger and potential harm to those that love the sports and activities. The risks are sometimes even more dangerous that those of airplanes and usual motor vehicle travel. Boating accidents are very common on the water and can lead to great injury and sometimes death. Boating is usually seen as fun and recreational activities, so it is very easy to let your hair down and be carefree. However, this freedom can put your safety at risk and harm you or your loved one. This is as the captain, or a passenger. Fortunately, there are laws in place to protect injured individuals even in boating accidents, and it is good to educate yourself on what your legal options are.
Much like any other accident, boating accident injuries can influence several medical bills once medical treatment is sought out. These injuries can create a domino effect in financial burdens, as well as emotional and mental burdens. These new burdens can weigh heavily on the household of an injured party, therefore it is important to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney about seeking compensation for any damages caused due to a boating accident.
There are several factors that made lead to boating accidents on the water, once you are aware of what they are it is easier (not fully ensured) to avoid them. By knowing what caused the accident you can narrow down who the at-fault party is and who to pursue in the event of a personal injury claim. Common elements that lead to boating accidents or injuries include:
- Speeding over waves
- Terrible or poor weather conditions
- Speeding in general
- Improper equipment or a lack of proper equipment
- Crashing into other objects
- Disregarding boating regulations
- Overloading the boat
Much like any other accident, these situations can be avoided if everything is handled properly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and harm, or injury is caused. Should you or someone you know be a victim of a boating injury due to the negligence of another involved party, be sure to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, GA as soon as possible.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and boating accidents.