Getting out on the water and boating in Georgia can be one of the most enjoyable activities on a hot summer day. However, there are many risks to be aware of as well. Accidents are frequent occurrences.
To minimize your risk for serious injury due to a boating accident in Georgia, there are a few things you should know. This information can help you stay safe and also inform you about what to do if you suffer an injury in a boating accident.
1. Reporting required after an accident
Just like with a motor vehicle crash, there are certain regulations that a vessel operator must follow if there is a boating accident. For example, when there is an injury that requires first aid or medical attention, the vessel operator must report it through the quickest means possible. The operator must also file a report with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
2. The vessel operator may be liable for injuries
If the operator of a vessel was negligent in any way that led to the boating accident, such as in the case of an impaired operator or one who was navigating recklessly, he or she may be liable for damages due to injuries any victims suffer as a result of the accident. Personal injury is not limited to car accidents or premises liability cases, it also applies to accidents that take place in the water. Injuries such as head trauma, paralysis, and back and spine injuries can all occur in boating accidents.
3. A settlement may not be in your best interest
If the other party was liable for your boating accident and the resulting injuries, an insurance company may approach you to offer a settlement. Agreeing to the offer may not be in your best interest, because the insurance company wants to settle as quickly as possible. However, there may be many other factors in your case that entitle you to additional compensation. Before accepting a settlement, verify with a legal professional whether it is something you should accept, or whether your case merits going to court.