A Georgia boating accident left one young man seriously injured and another with minor injuries, the Bainbridge Post-Searchlight reported July 28. According to the article, 14-year-old Davis Wallace and 16-year-old Jake Goodson were being pulled in inner tubes behind a boat operated by Mike Wallace. The elder Wallace told the Georgia Department of Natural Resources that he moved out of the way for another boat, then overcorrected, throwing the teens onto the bank of the river. Goodson was not seriously injured, but the younger Wallace was hospitalized for severe injuries at Memorial Hospital in Bainbridge, then transferred to another hospital in Tallahassee.
As a Georgia boating accident lawyer, I noticed right away that this accident was similar to a Georgia drunk boating accident that I recently wrote about on this blog. In that case, the victims were three young girls being pulled in inner tubes behind a boat operated by the father of one of the girls. The operator made a sharp turn, sending the girls into debris and rocks on the shore and causing injuries that required surgery. He was eventually charged with boating under the influence of alcohol.
In this newest case, alcohol was not reported as a factor. But as a Metro Atlanta boat accident attorney, I believe the two accidents are an important reminder that all Georgians should consider safety when they go out on boats and personal watercraft this summer. Boaters may not think boating accident are as dangerous as car accidents, but in fact, recreational boating accidents kill about 700 Americans every year, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. In fact, because a boating accident takes place in water, victims knocked unconscious may be in even greater danger of death from drowning or being caught in a propeller.
The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle represents Georgians who were seriously hurt during a day on a boat that should have been fun. Our Georgia boat accident attorneys handle cases of accidental drowning, collisions between boats, defective boating equipment and all other cases in which someone else’s carelessness led to a serious boating accident. These accidents can throw an ordinary family off their financial footing, causing six-figure medical bills and other costs, often compounded by a wage-earner’s inability to work. We help families in this tough situation secure the money they need to pay those bills, make ends meet and get the quality medical care they deserve.
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a boating accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, you have the right to fight back. For a free consultation on yoru case and your rights, call the Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle at 1-866-972-5287, send us an email or contact us through our Web site.