Recently, a jury found the man who caused the death of famous singer Usher’s young son in a boating accident guilty as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on February 21, 2014. The accident was a senseless tragedy that could have been avoided with proper safety being exercised.
The law in Georgia that governs Boating Accidents is O.C.G.A. Section 52-7-14. The Georgia Law is very extensive and lists very important duties in the case of a boating accident including:
1.) The Duty to Render Assistance and Identify the Vessel and Self that states that so long as it is safe to do so that assistance should be rendered to any person involved in a boating accident;
2.) The Good Samaritan Clause which makes it possible for those rendering aid not to be held liable in doing so;
3.) Accident Reports are Required to be filed with the Department within 48 hours of said accident if any injuries or deaths were involved;
4.) These Reports are very extensive and must include very detailed information as listed in Subsection (c)(3)(A)-(T) of the Georgia Statute;
5.) Medical Facilities must report injuries or deaths and supply copies of medical records;
6.) Salvage Rights stating that any person who fails to claim a vessel within 12 months will lose the ownership interest in said vessel; and
7.) Official Authority giving any officer who is authorized to enforce the provisions of this Georgia Law the authority to maintain any vessel for a period of time necessary for evidentiary purposes and otherwise.