Lake Allatoona Boating Accident Lawyer

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Lake Allatoona, Cartersville, Georgia

Besides supplying water and hydroelectric power to Cherokee, Bartow, and Cobb County, Lake Allatoona is also known for its many private marinas and public boat ramps. Drivers of boats on Lake Allatoona have a duty to operate their boats cautiously in order to avoid injuring those around them. 

Lake Allatoona
Fast Facts

  • When full, Lake Allatoona covers over 12,000 acres
  • It was created as a reservoir in 1949 when the Etowah River was dammed by the US Army Corp of Engineer
  • There are 15 public boat ramps around the lake

Just because a boat operates on water, it does not mean it is any safer to operate than another vehicle. In fact, most boating accidents are caused by factors very similar to other vehicle accidents. For example, many accidents are caused because the operator of the boat is drunk or unaware of his surroundings, including other boats and swimmers. 

Whether you were on a small boat, or jet skis, you can sustain injuries like brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and even death because of the recklessness of someone else.

According to Georgia law, when a boat operator acts negligently and causes harm to others, he is held responsible. If you have been hurt by a careless boater, Lake Allatoona boating lawyer Charles Scholle can help you recover compensation for your suffering.

If you have been injured in a boating accident, we are here to help. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Lake Allatoona boating accident lawyer today.

Common Types of Boating Accidents on Lake Allatoona

A wide variety of water vessels regularly take to Lake Allatoona for fun and relaxation. Unfortunately, boating accidents are all too common. Some of the most common types of accidents include:

  • Ship propeller underwaterCollisions: Collisions between vessels, or between a vessel and a stationary object like a rock or marina, can cause serious damage. The boat may flip over (capsize), passengers may be thrown off the vessel, and the hull of the boat may be damaged. Collisions often happen when there are a lot of boats on the water, or when an inexperienced or inebriated operator is in control of the vessel.
  • Propeller/run-over accidents: When people are in the water around boats, there is a risk of being run over by a vessel, leading to severe or fatal injuries. Moreover, when a boat starts or runs its engine around swimmers, the propeller can cause catastrophic lacerations, internal injuries, and even dismemberment.
  • Drowning accidents: Drowning accidents often happen when a passenger who did not plan to get into the water is thrown overboard. Depending on water conditions, that person may be unable to keep their head above water. This is especially true if they are not wearing a personal floatation device (i.e., a life jacket).
  • Recreational activity accidents: When a person falls onto the water at high speeds, especially from height, they could suffer from a traumatic brain injury. When the boat comes back around to pick them up, the person in the water could be run over or injured by the propeller.
  • Onboard accidents: One of the most common onboard accidents is slips, trips, and falls. Boats bob and pitch in the water, and inexperienced passengers may lose their balance. In addition, the deck can become wet, presenting a risk of slipping. These risks are often exacerbated by alcohol consumption and general recklessness.
  • Commercial boating accidents: Commercial fishing and shipping workers are considered maritime workers under federal law, so they cannot collect workers’ compensation after an injury. Instead, injured workers and bereaved families must file a maritime accident lawsuit under the Jones Act to collect compensation.

Speak to a Lake Allatoona Boating Accident Attorney Today

Getting out on the water is one of the top pastimes in Georgia. Unfortunately, with so many water vessels, accidents are bound to happen. If you are injured in a boating accident on Lake Allatoona or elsewhere in Georgia, you may be entitled to compensation. 

At Scholle Law, we know the details of boating laws in Georgia. With this knowledge, we will take an aggressive approach to make sure the insurance companies will not avoid paying compensation where it is due. 

If you have been injured in a boating accident, we are here to help. Give us a call at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Lake Allatoona boating accident lawyer today.