Speedboat Accident Claims the Lives of Four on Lake Lanier


July 21, 2016

A recent boating accident on Lake Lanier resulted in the deaths of four individuals from Kentucky. Officials report that the victims were boating on Lake Lanier for a charity poker run. They were operating a 38 to 40-foot cigarette-type boat when it suddenly lost control and overturned near Cocktail Cove. None of the four individuals on the boat were wearing life jackets, and sadly, the bodies of all four were recovered soon after the accident.

The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are saddened to hear of these recent deaths on Lake Lanier. Our compassionate attorney team knows that Lake Lanier is a beautiful spot to enjoy the water, but many accidents have occurred on the lake in recent years. Our firm assists qualifying individuals who are injured in boating accidents caused by the fault of another person or company in recovering from the party responsible for the accident. If you have been injured in a boating accident caused by another party, contact an attorney at Montlick & Associates for a free consultation to learn about your rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.

Dangers Lurk on Lake Lanier

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources maintains official records on the number of deaths, injuries, and boating incidents on Lake Lanier. In 2014 alone, there were 34 boating incidents, 31 injuries, one fatality, and ten drownings on the lake. In fact, since 1994, at least 143 people have tragically died in Lake Lanier. Many attribute the high number of injuries and deaths to the sheer number of boaters the lake attracts each year. In fact, the massive lake is visited by 7.5 million a year. However, comparing visitor statistics to deaths, it would appear accident rates are going up, while traffic to the lake has changed little in the past decade.

Causes of Boating Accidents

Boating accidents can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents in Georgia and beyond include, among others:

  • Operator inexperience: Operating a boat requires knowledge of vital safety rules and experience in the captain's chair. Inexperienced boat operators can make costly mistakes such as speeding, overcorrecting, failing to follow signs and speed limits, and more.
  • Operator intoxication: It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol, but many individuals nonetheless drink while boating. Intoxicated operators can fail to miss obstacles ahead and can make reckless mistakes.
  • Boat malfunctions: Boats are comprised of many complex components. If a part within the boat malfunctions, it can result in injury, drowning, or other catastrophes. The makers of defective boat parts or the owners of poorly maintained boats rented to others can be held accountable for the injuries that result.

Anyone injured in a boating accident caused by another person or company should contact the personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, as soon as possible. Our firm will review your accident to and advise you on what options you may have to obtain compensation, which can include a monetary recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, depending on the egregiousness of the act, Pain and Suffering, and more.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

Boating accidents can result in serious injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a boating accident, contact our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our firm has assisted thousands of injured clients across Georgia and in the Southeast. We offer you a free case review to explain your legal rights and the actions necessary to obtain compensation.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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