A Metro Atlanta boating accident left a young woman dead from severe injuries, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Aug. 27. According to the newspaper, Zayna Smith was actually being pulled in an inner tube behind the boat when the accident happened — the third such accident I’ve noted this summer as a Georgia boating accident attorney. Smith, of Roswell, died Aug. 26 at Atlanta Medical Center, the newspaper said.
The accident took place on Lake Allatoona on the afternoon of Aug. 25. The AJC reported that Christopher Girous was pulling Smith in an inner tube behind the boat when the tube hit some rocks. The collision threw her from the tube and head-first into more rocks, according to a spokesman for the Cherokee County Fire Department, sustaining severe trauma to her head and her lower extremities. Smith was unresponsive when help arrived, the article said, and had to be rescued by boat before she could be put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital for treatment. Girous, 53, is charged with reckless operation of a watercraft and pulling someone not wearing a life jacket.
As I noted, this is at least the third Georgia accident this summer that hurt people pulled on inner tubes. Prior accidents sent two teenaged boys from South Georgia and three 10- and 11-year-old girls from west Georgia to hospitals. As a Metro Atlanta boating accident lawyer, I believe inner tubing is safe — but I also know boating safety experts tell boaters to take extra care when doing it. The boating safety manual put out by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources dedicates an entire chapter of its boating manual to safety issues surrounding inner tubers, water skiers and others pulled behind the boat. Its cautions include warnings that boat operators should keep the towed person — especially inner tubers, who don’t have much control over their direction — well away from hazards.
Just like victims of car and truck accidents, boating accident victims have the right in Georgia to sue when they are hurt by someone else’s careless or illegal actions. The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle represents people in Metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia who were seriously injured or even killed in boating accidents. Boating accident injuries can be catastrophic, including brain damage, paralysis and even wrongful death; the hospital bills and other costs caused by the accident can reach into six figures. Our Gwinnett County boat crash attorney helps victims claim compensation for those costs and injuries, through aggressive negotiations with insurance companies or, if necessary, litigation.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious boating accident injury through someone else’s carelessness and you’d like to learn more about your rights, you should talk to the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle. To set up a free, confidential consultation, you can contact us through our Web site, or call toll-free at 1-866-972-5287.