Boating Accidents In Milledgeville

Boating Accidents

Every year thousands of people come to Baldwin, Putnam and Greene counties to enjoy the beautiful lake life. Two of the most popular lakes in the state of Georgia are located in those three counties. Lake Sinclair is located in Milledgeville and Lake Oconee is principally located around Greensboro, Georgia. Both of these lakes are owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company. Lake Oconee feeds into Lake Sinclair and these lakes are the product of the great Oconee River which runs through these three counties. Some of the best fishing in Georgia is found in these two companion lakes.

With hundreds of fishing boats, recreational boats and jet ski’s (PWC’s which stands for personal water crafts) being operated on these lakes, boating accidents will and do occur. Every year we hear about injuries and deaths happening at Lake Sinclair and Lake Oconee. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, boating related deaths and injuries continue to increase from year to year. There are many boating rules, regulations and laws governing safety and negligence that are applicable to boating accidents. If you or a loved one is injured in a water craft accident, then please don’t hesitate to call the experienced boating accident attorneys at the law offices of Falanga & Chalker. We have been representing injured victims from boating accidents that occur on the lake in Milledgeville and Greensboro for years and are very experienced in handling any type of water craft accidents. Fill out the “Contact Us” form on this web site and experienced boating accident attorneys are only moments away from assisting you in order to get you the full, fair and complete compensation that you deserve.

Many boating accidents occur due to:

  • Unlawful and dangerous operation of a boat or PWC;
  • Failing to maintain proper distance while operating the vessel or while towing a person:
  • Failure to regulate the speed of the vessel and driving faster than is reasonable and prudent under the then existing circumstances;
  • Overloading the boat with too many passengers;
  • BUI-boating under the influence (.08% blood alcohol); and
  • Inexperienced boat operators.

Keep in mind that the owner of a water craft can be held liable for the injuries and death of a boating accident victim under the auspices of O.C.G.A. Section 51-1-21 and 51-1-22. This is true even if the owner of the vessel at the time of the accident was not driving the vessel. See Gunn vs. Booker at 259 Ga. 343. All boating accidents with injuries must be reported within 48 hours to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources per O.C.G.A. Section 52-7-14.

No child under the age of 12 is allowed to operate a PWC in Georgia. Children ages 12-15 years old can operate a PWC provided that they have completed an approved Department of Natural Resources boating educational course and are accompanied by an adult while so operating the vessel.

To hear more on the Georgia regulations and laws which are applied when assessing a boating accident with injuries or death, contact the law offices of Falanga & Chalker where experienced boating litigation attorneys are only a phone call away.

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