Being on the water, whether one is fishing, skiing or simply going for a joy ride is one of life’s great pleasures, and with several lakes near Athens, including Oconee, Burton, Lanier and Hartwell, residents have plenty of options to enjoy the water. However, there are some people who choose to not abide by the rules that are designed to keep everyone safe on the waterways. When those few people break those safety rules and people are injured in these situations, the injured victim will need professional legal representation to ensure that justice is provided to them. When an accident happens on the water, it is crucial to contact an experienced boating accident attorney like Joshua W. Branch.
According to the United States Coast Guard, there were nearly 12 million recreational boats registered in the U.S. in 2015 and more than 327,000 on the water in Georgia. Our own Athens-Clarke County is home to nearly 425 miles of waterways. Unfortunately, 85 boating accidents occurred in Georgia in 2015 alone, resulting in 51 injuries and 22 deaths. Georgia was ranked in the top ten for reported boating deaths during that year after boating deaths increased by nearly 70% from 2014 to 2015.
Many of these casualties could have been prevented if boaters followed the laws and safety rules laid out to protect them. Boats upon the navigable waters of this state are governed by rules and regulations in a similar manner as automobiles.
The following is a link to the rules and regulations that govern boating use in the State of Georgia: http://www.boat-ed.com/georgia/handbook/book.html
Improper operation, such as operator inattention, failure to assess the waterway, or alcohol use, was the primary contributing factor in more than 2,000 boating accidents across the country in 2015. Not surprisingly, the majority of boating accidents occur in the summer months, when the weather is warm and thousands of people are out enjoying the water. Unfortunately, crowded waterways also increase the risk for collisions with other boats, which accounted for nearly 1,000 boating accidents in 2015 and more than 600 injuries.
Proper compensation for property damage, missed work and medical bills is hard to attain, and when someone suffers a personal injury because of a boating accident and sustain severe injuries caused by another, they will need professional legal representation, advice, and counsel as soon as possible to ensure they receive a fair and reasonable outcome. They need a legal advocate like Josh W. Branch, who is aggressive in protecting their rights but compassionate in understanding what they are going through.
Personal injury lawyer Josh W. Branch has the skill and expertise of knowing the inner workings of human anatomy to fully understand the scope and effect of these unfortunate and avoidable injuries. With Josh W. Branch’s extensive law expertise involving areas of property damage, medical bills, and negligent citizens, it is possible for you to be fairly compensated for the value of the accident.
Bear in mind, that as soon as one has been injured or killed, the insurance company for the culpable party begins almost instantly attempts to minimize the appropriate outcome for the injured individual – the insurance company views the injured or the family who has lost a loved one as an alpha-numeric number. The insurance company will attempt to do everything within their power to not compensate the injured or the family of a loved one in a fair and reasonable manner. Insurance companies are strictly driven by profits, not by their compassion for people nor by doing what is right and just. The insurance company’s focus will rely on one simple principle: profits over people. So, if given the chance, an insurance company will try to even resolve a claim before all injuries have even been identified and the victim has received professional medical attention. Those types of actions on behalf of the insurance companies exemplify the vantage point that they take on those who are severely injured and or who have lost loved ones, that vantage point taken is that they do not care about you or your family and that they have no compassion towards what you have been experienced.
Aside from the tragic injuries caused by boating collisions, millions of dollars are lost every year due to property damage caused by these incidents. Last year in Georgia, more than $390,000 in property damage was attributed to boating accidents. Nationally, boating accidents produced 1,745 property damage claims in 2015, totaling more than $41 million. Joshua W. Branch, Athens’ premier boating accident lawyer, has the experience and knowledge necessary to handle the personal injury and property damage aspects of accidents on the water.
In the event of an accident like this, a pleasant and relaxing trip to the lake may turn into an extensive and demanding battle with insurance companies and negligent boaters. It is imperative to be prepared with the expertise and knowledge to fight it with Josh W. Branch, an experienced boating accident lawyer serving the Athens community. You need someone who is dedicated to justice for you. Someone that will protect your rights, someone that will aggressively work for a fair and reasonable outcome for you and allow you to be able to return to the life that you knew before of the incident that was forced upon you. Not an outcome that the insurance company will attempt to force upon you but one that is fair and lets you obtain the justice you need and deserve.
Remember, for all boating accident cases, timing is crucial in many respects, and the initial stages of any type of boating case are crucial for a variety of reasons. The following are some suggested steps to take to ensure you are headed in the right direction toward a fair and just recovery, both physically and financially.
Call us for a free initial consultation at (844) 696- 4536 if you or someone you know needs someone like personal injury lawyer Josh Branch fighting for you.