Lake Tobesofkee Boating Accident
Alcohol May Be to Blame for Recent Boating Accident – Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains
Summer is here, and with kids out of school, families are heading to the lake or the beach to take advantage of what Georgia has to offer. However, along with the pleasures of having a weekend getaway or longer family trip comes the risk that, although not common, boating accidents can occur, some of which can result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. A recent boating accident has reminded us of just how important safety is while on the water.
At around 11:30 PM on a Tuesday night in June, a man was found ejected from his boat and was lying face down on some rocks with a gash to his forehead. Authorities believe alcohol may have played a role in this accident where the man's boat slid up the wall of the Lake Tobesofkee and landed on the roadway. The 50-year-old man is lucky to be alive given the severity of this boating accident.
Under Georgia law, it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It should come as no surprise that these are the same rules that apply to roadway driving. While boating accidents do not happen every day, a majority of them that have happened in Georgia in recent years involved alcohol. In 2016, twelve boating accidents were reported where alcohol might have been a key factor in causing the accident. Additionally, of those twelve alcohol-related boating accidents, there were seven total deaths, demonstrating that boating accidents have the potential to cause severe and sometimes tragically fatal injuries.
What Options to Injured Victims Have Following an Alcohol-Related Boating Accident?
Because a significant number of alcohol-related boating accidents have proven to be fatal in Georgia, it is important that all Georgians take precautions while on the water to ensure boating accidents do not happen, and that the operator of the boat is not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When boating accidents do happen, and anyone involved is injured, the consequences can be life-changing. This is the case not only for the injured victims but also for the individual who may have caused the accident by operating the boat while under the influence.
Being under the influence of alcohol while operating a boat is not only illegal, but it is negligent. When those engage in negligent conduct that causes serious injury or death to another, injured victims or the families of lost loved ones can normally hold those who are at-fault accountable by seeking legal action. However, before making the decision to pursue a claim, it can important to discuss your situation with a legal professional at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
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