Montlick and Associates Encourages Georgia Waterway Safety in Wake of Labor Day Drowning Incidents
With the Labor Day weekend now in the rearview mirror, the days of summer fun and recreation are dwindling. Many kids are already back in school so opportunities to enjoy Georgia waterways are now becoming scarce. Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates encourage people considering swimming, fishing or boating on a Georgia waterway during the next few weeks to observe safety boating practices and to carefully supervise children.
Over the Labor Day weekend, there were four drowning incidents in Georgia waterways compared to only one drowning death in 2013 according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Rangers also reported nine boating accidents during the recent holiday weekend. The agency reports that these accidents bring the number of drowning deaths on Georgia waterways to 37 over the course of 2014. It is reasonable to assume that some of the injuries and deaths that occurred while people were enjoying the lakes of Georgia were preventable given that several people were arrested for boating under the influence according to the DNR. About one third of the boating under the influence arrests occurred on Lake Lanier and one on Lake Allatoona.
When a loved one is injured or dies in a waterway accident, victims and/or their families may face significant financial hardships while coping with emotional and physical challenges. A personal injury or wrongful death claim can enable victims and their families to obtain financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost future household earnings and more. When a boating accident or drowning occurs, boating operators, vessel manufacturers and even public entities might be liable for resulting injuries or fatalities.
If you experience injury while enjoying waterways of Georgia, our experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyers might be able to help. Montlick and Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty years, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
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