Boating Accidents

The Athens Boating Accident Lawyer

Excellence & Dedication at Your Service

Being on the water, whether you are fishing, skiing, or simply going for a joy ride, is one of life’s great pleasures. 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 the 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 Athens boating accident attorney like Joshua W. Branch.

Facts About Boating Injuries

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 State of Georgia has a list of rules and regulations which govern boating use.

Causes of Boating Accidents

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.

Let The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC Help

Personal injury lawyer Josh W. Branch has the knowledge in both legal and medical fields necessary to fully understand the scope and effect of these unfortunate and avoidable injuries. With his extensive law experience 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.

Call us for a free initial consultation at (706) 760-9220 if you or someone you know needs someone like our Athens boating accident lawyer fighting for you.

Hear from Our Clients

  • Josh came through for me and completed what I was thinking was impossible.

    “Thank you!”

    - Gwen, Personal Injury Client
  • Thank you for all you have done for me!

    “May God Bless you and your staff for a job well done.”

    - Lizzie, Personal Injury Client
  • Thanks so much for all your efforts, care, and attention.

    “Thanks so much for all your efforts, care, and attention.”

    - C.C., Personal Injury Client
  • What do I say to the most amazing attorney I’ve ever known. You have been more than an attorney. You have been a friend, and a very good listener.

    “Thank you so much for the compassion and time spent with you through my recovery.”

    - Veda, Personal Injury Client
  • If there were more people like you in this world, it would be a better place.

    “If there were more people like you in this world, it would be a better place.”

    - The H. Family

Millions of Dollars Recovered

for Our Clients
  • $1,050,000 JB Client vs. Corporation
  • $700,000 JB Client vs. Trucking Company and Fabricating Company
  • $650,000 JB Client vs. Negligent Driver

    A collision between a negligent driver and our client resulted in serious injuries for our client.

  • $650,000 JB Client vs. Pizza Delivery Franchisee

    A collision between a texting pizza delivery driver which caused the death of our client's spouse.

  • $605,000 JB Client vs. Home Health Care Company

    A horrible and tragic event occurred while the mother of our clients was under the care of her home health care company.

  • $580,000 Trucking Case: Confidential Parties

    Client sustained a fractured acetabulum when he collided into a tractor-trailer that left its trailer in the roadway.

  • $550,000 JB Client vs. Negligent Individual Driver

    The client sustained severe injuries and then had additional complications.

  • $525,000 JB client vs. Georgia Medical Transportation, Inc.

    Client was not properly secured while in transit and was thrown out of his wheelchair and sustained orthopedic fractures.

  • $375,000 JB Client v. Reckless minor driving an automobile

    This case involved a serious motor vehicle collision between two individuals.

  • $350,000 JB client vs. Shanna M. Jackson; Superior Court of Walton Co.

    Automobile collision case wherein the client who had to undergo a cervical fusion procedure.


Why Hire Us

  • Personalized Approach

    We pride ourselves on providing personalized client care with tailored solutions.

  • Reputation for Excellence

    We are proud of our legacy of positive client testimonials and recognition in our community.

  • Commitment to Clients

    Our passion for helping clients recover from personal injuries is the core focus of our firm.

  • Fearless Advocacy

    We are not afraid to go to trial and we will fight to get the best possible result for our clients.

Take Your First Step Towards Justice

The Law Office of Joshua W. Branch, LLC has successfully helped thousands of injured victims receive the justice they deserve.