Boating Accident Attorney
It’s a warm and beautiful afternoon in the Coastal Empire. You’re boating down the Savannah River and stop to fish off the side of your boat. You see a larger boat in the distance, but pay little mind to it. With each moment, you see it coming toward you much faster than expected. The other operator doesn’t seem to see your small boat. You wave your hands to get the operator’s attention, but he doesn’t see you. You have to make a choice: jump into the water and hope you don’t get hit or take the full force of the boat coming full speed at you. You jump into the water to avoid the impact.
Accidents can happen at a moment’s notice. What began as a relaxing day on the river can quickly turn into a nightmare and leave you lost, injured, and confused. If you’ve fallen victim to another operator’s inattention while boating, you may need the support of Brooks Law Office. To see if you may have a case, please schedule an evaluation.
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Confused about what to do next?
If you’ve suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Along with the physical pain you are feeling, exists the pain of not knowing how to proceed. Stop worrying. We are here to support you through each step of your case.
If you are involved in an auto accident:
- Call 911. Make sure you get a copy of the full accident report when it is available.
- Take pictures of the scene. If it is safe, try to take pictures from multiple angles.
- Take pictures of any visible injuries such as cuts and bruises.
- Get medical treatment. Your case can become difficult if your injuries are not properly documented.
- Call Brooks Law Office. The steps that you take now can determine how the amount of compensation you get later.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
Legally, you are not required to speak with the other person’s insurance company. Talking to the other driver’s insurance company can damage your case. A recorded statement can be used against you later on. If you have an attorney, they can discuss your case on your behalf.
On the other hand, you must speak with your own insurance agent. When speaking to your agent, only provide the name, address, and phone number of any other parties involved in a collision, the insurance information of any parties involved, the law enforcement agency at the scene, and the date and time of the incident.
Who is responsible for paying for my medical treatment?
The at fault driver’s insurance company may pay for some or all of your medical treatment, but it will be included in the negotiated settlement at the end of your case. While your case is moving through the legal process, we encourage you to use your personal health insurance so that your medical treatment is not interrupted.
If you do not have health insurance, we can work with some doctors to treat you on a lien basis, meaning you won’t have to pay them back for your medical treatment until your case settles.
The Georgia law allows you to collect for:
- Car repairs
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Time off from work
- Pain and suffering
Do you need medical attention but don't have insurance?
If you get hurt in an accident and have no health insurance, you may wonder who is going to pay for your medical treatment. Let us review all of the options you have to get compensated for your medical bills and other case related damages.
Have you been offered a settlement by the insurance company?
Accepting the insurance provider’s first offer is almost never a good idea, especially if the settlement involves financial reimbursement for injury, pain and suffering. We can review your settlement offer to ensure you are getting a fair deal.
Boating is an enjoyable pastime and exciting weekend getaway for many people throughout Georgia. Since boats and other water vessels are large in size and have the ability to travel at high speeds, a boating accident can be devastating.
Boating accident claims and litigation can be quite complex since they typically involve various factors (i.e. jurisdictions, multiple parties, insurance disputes, and even boat or equipment defects). Our Savannah boating accident attorney at Brooks Law Office can guide you through the intricacies of the legal system and help you obtain the maximum settlement amount to make the best recovery from injury possible.
The Causes of Boating Accidents
Just like driving a motor vehicle, operating a water vessel is an important task that carries great responsibility. However, many people fail to consider the dangers of navigating open water with a powerful boat. Many people go boating on the weekends or holidays with large groups of people, which typically involves alcohol. This can result in carelessness and recklessness.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the following are the main causes of all boating accidents in the United States:
- Use of alcohol
- Operator inexperience
- Operator inattention
- Excessive speed
- Improper lookout
The vast majority of boating accidents involve open motorboats (i.e. fishing boats, bowriders, and center consoles). On the other hand, these types of cases also involve personal watercraft (i.e. jet skis, cabin boats, and pontoons).
Injuries suffered from boating accidents can be serious or even fatal. If you have suffered a serious injury, you must obtain immediate medical care. Not only will you receive the proper treatment, having medical evidence of your injury can aid your injury claim.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in a boating accident, our Savannah personal injury attorney will work tirelessly to help you recover financial compensation for your injuries. With millions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, we possess the knowledge and skill to protect your rights and best interests.
Mr. Brooks was very attentive to my case. Maria was super with her patience and my many questions. She always responded timely. This was my first time in a situation that I needed and attorney and I’m certainly super happy I found them. We will definitely use again. Highly recommend them
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