Boating, ATV, and Recreational Vehicle Wreck Law

Gainesville Boating, ATV, and Recreational Vehicle Wreck Lawyers

Recreational vehicles, including boats and ATVs, can be incredibly dangerous. Many recreational vehicle accidents cause severe injuries or death to children. If you have been in a boating, ATV, or recreational vehicle accident, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer. Suffering from a severe injury can be devastating for you and your family. 

At Smith Hulsey Law, we have recovered multiple million-dollar judgments for our clients. Our legal team focuses on giving our clients the individual attention they deserve. We will take on the worries of your claims so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact our Gainesville personal injury law firm today to schedule your initial consultation. We offer potential clients free initial consultation.

Boating Accident Lawyers in Gainesville, Georgia

The state of Georgia is home to some of the best rivers and lakes in the Southeast United States. Gainesville residents enjoy boating on Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee Bay. Boating and water sports are incredibly fun, but they can also be seriously dangerous. Boat operators have been known to take risks they would not normally take when driving a motor vehicle. Boat operators may be more likely to operate the boat negligently by not paying attention, drinking alcohol, or consuming drugs. Boating accidents often involve the following types of negligence:

  • The boat did not have a proper lookout
  • The boat operator was inattentive, distracted, or otherwise negligent
  • The boat operator was acting recklessly
  • The boat operator was drinking alcohol or consuming drugs
  • The boat operator was operating the boat at an excessive speed
  • Defective boat manufacturing, maintenance, or design

When a boat operator’s negligence caused the accident that resulted in your injuries, you may have a right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the operator. You might have suffered a boating injury caused by the driver of your boat. Or, another negligent boat operator might have collided with your boat, causing your injuries.

Whatever the cause of your boating injuries, you will benefit from discussing your case with an experienced lawyer to see if you might qualify for compensation. The legal team at Smith Hulsey Law has experience representing victims of boating accidents. We will fight to help you receive a fair amount of compensation for your bodily injuries and any property damage. 

Gainesville ATV Accident Lawyers

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are incredibly popular in Georgia. While ATV vehicles provide a lot of fun, many Georgia residents require emergency medical treatment due to ATV accidents. In 2019, a 12-year-old Georgia boy suffered severe leg injuries after an ATV accident. He overcorrected the ATV while driving and the ATV flipped into a ditch and crushed his leg. The boy narrowly escaped having his leg amputated. Nonetheless, surgeons needed to insert rods and pins into his leg.

ATVs are a significant public health risk, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The most common injuries suffered from ATV accidents are broken arms and legs, foot amputations, and dislocated hips. Severe head injuries are the leading cause of death in ATV accidents. Driver negligence is the most common cause of ATV accidents. Specifically, driver inexperience, lack of using a helmet, excessive speed, and intoxication are all common causes of ATV accidents.

Recovering Compensation for ATV Accidents

Determining who is at fault is the first step in deciding whether you qualify for compensation for your ATV accident. There are several different people who could be at fault in an ATV accident. The driver of the ATV accident may be liable for the injuries he or she causes to another passenger. When an ATV collides with a pedestrian or another vehicle, the negligent driver who caused the accident will be liable for damages caused by the accident. 

A landowner might be liable for injuries caused by ATV accidents in certain circumstances. For example, landowners are liable for injuries that are caused by a dangerous condition on their property. Finally, when the ATV itself has a design or manufacturing defect, the injured party might have a valid product liability claim. The compassionate legal team at Smith Hulsey Law can help you determine your best legal strategy.

Georgia Recreational Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Thousands of Georgia residents enjoy using recreational vehicles on Georgia trails, roads, and waterways every year. Historically, the term “recreational vehicle” (RV) has historically been used to describe large vehicles, such as motorhomes. Now, the term recreational vehicle can include all of the following:

  • Go-karts
  • Dune buggies
  • Mini-boats
  • Jet skis
  • Wave runners
  • Dirt bikes
  • Mopeds
  • Mini-bikes
  • Scooters
  • Motorcycles 
  • Campervan
  • Motorhomes
  • Fifth-wheels
  • Camper trailers

Recreational vehicles provide plenty of active entertainment. Unfortunately, recreational vehicle outings can end in accidents and serious injuries and death. The recreational vehicle operators, passengers, and bystanders can all become injured in an accident. Driver inexperience, negligence, and dangerous conditions on a property can all lead to recreational vehicle accidents. Mechanical and design defects can also cause recreational vehicle accidents.

Seeking Compensation After a Recreational Vehicle Accident

Recovering compensation from a recreational vehicle accident is often a challenging process. Understanding the exact cause of the injuries can be challenging. The first step to determining liability is to determine the cause of the recreational vehicle accident and who was at fault. The property owner, recreational vehicle operator, or the seller or manufacturer of the vehicle may be liable for your injuries.

Contact Our Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers

Some at-fault partners might have insurance to cover the cost of your injuries. Insurance companies are notorious for not paying accident victims the amount they should. In some cases, you will need to contact an experienced and qualified Georgia personal injury lawyer to file your lawsuit. 

At Smith Hulsey Law, we understand how devastating it can be to go through a serious recreational vehicle accident. You may be facing mounting medical bills and struggling to make ends meet. Our legal team can help. We offer potential clients a free case evaluation. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation.