While law enforcement agents have increased the number of citations they give for drinking and boating, accidents are still a big issue for families vacationing in the area.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 18, 2012
Georgia residents should be aware of the possible danger one can encounter on local lakes. Cumming Patch has reported multiple nautical accidents for the summer. The article also cites over 100 boating accidents occurring in 2011. While some resulted in minor injuries, other boating accidents have claimed lives. In many instances, boating under the influence (BUI) is to blame. In a recent case, a man is facing a BUI charge and may face charges of homicide by vessel according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.
“While law enforcement agents have increased the number of citations they give for drinking and boating, accidents are still a big issue for families vacationing in the area,” says Christopher Simon, a Georgia boat attorney.
As reported in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated that over 7 million people visit Lake Lanier each year. Sunset Cove, an inlet located south of Atlanta, is one of the most popular summer vacation spots. Safety has become a big issue in the past few years with 28 alcohol-related accidents in 2011.
“Last year I represented a victim of a similar accident, where water skiers crashed into a boat containing a man and his two grandchildren,” says Simon. “The 12-year old granddaughter suffered severe injuries and the grandson drowned; however, even though the driver admitted to drinking he was not charged with a BUI, because his blood alcohol level was down by the time he was tested. It was the grandfather who was charged for not signaling.” Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident as the firm has represented many victims of boating accidents.
The conditions on the water are often a veritable “wild west”, which can make boating a dangerous undertaking. Most boaters know that in open water you yield right of way or "give way" to the boat to starboard. What many ski boat operators fail to realize is the fact that a boat coming around a bend has to yield to crafts in the larger channel and must yield if making a left. The lack of signage and absence of training leads to boats blundering into each other on blind turns. Another frequent mistake is inadequate lighting at night. In the dark, running lights are inadequate to allow high speed boaters any depth perception. If you are stationary at night, burn as many lights as possible. There have been two fatal accidents on Georgia likes this summer where the under way vessel did not see the stationary one. It matters little that the stationary vessel was in compliance with the lighting regulations given that lives were lost. Use overkill when it comes to lighting at night.
“Consider how we obey rules of the road,” says Simon. “We pay attention to speed limits, boundaries, and other drivers on the road, and boating should be no different. Defensive boating and awareness are the best ways to avoid an accident.”
For representation from a Georgia boating accident attorney, victims of accidents can inquire about legal representation from The Simon Law Firm. Visit their site at http://www.christophersimon.com/ or contact Christopher Simon at their offices at (404) 259-7635. The office is located at 3535 Piedmont Road Building 14, Suite 410 in Atlanta, Georgia 30305.