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Boaters Beware: Consuming Alcohol on the Water Can Kill, Atlanta Accident Lawyer Says

Boaters Beware: Consuming Alcohol on the Water Can Kill, Atlanta Accident Lawyer Says

Atlanta personal injury lawyer Bruce Millar

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 05, 2011

With summer officially underway, boat and jet ski operators must pay even more attention to water safety, according to Georgia personal injury lawyer Bruce Millar.

In anticipation of the increasing number of vessels on the water during the summer months, state officials are watching even more closely for signs of people who are boating while intoxicated, according to recently issued USA Today reports.

“Boaters and those who operate recreational water equipment such as jet skis are not much different than drivers on the roads,” says Atlanta personal injury attorney Bruce Millar.

Millar’s Atlanta personal injury law firm, Millar & Mixon, LLC, has extensive experience handling accident claims involving boating and other vehicle crashes, including personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

“Boaters and jet ski users assume the same risks on their watercrafts as people do behind the wheel,” Millar says, “yet they don’t seem to realize that because they’re in a vacation setting.”

Relaxing on the water often means that more people will be drinking alcohol, the Georgia injury lawyer added.

Indeed, drunk driving was a leading cause of boating fatalities in 2010, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. There were 126 deaths and 293 injuries on the water last year. Nationwide, boating accidents resulted in 672 deaths and 3,153 injuries.

One problem is that many people are unaware that environmental factors, such as the sun, heat, noise and motions of the boat, can intensify the effects of alcohol on boaters, USA Today reported.

“Accidents happen, and sometimes no one is to blame,” Millar says. “But that’s not the case with someone who drives a boat or jet ski while intoxicated. Their reckless behavior puts not only their lives on the line, but also the lives of everyone around them.

“That’s unacceptable – not to mention completely preventable.”

Fortunately, Georgia law protects victims of boating and jet ski accidents and can help them receive compensation for their injuries or losses.

Beyond alcohol laws, the state sets forth age restrictions, speed limits, and other “rules of the road” for boaters that may be important in court, Millar says.

“The law allows liability to be applied to anyone operating a boat recklessly and whose recklessness results in serious injuries or deaths,” the Georgia personal injury lawyer explains.

Compensation may come in the form of punitive damages, which can help cover the cost of medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other complications that result from boating or jet ski accidents.

Millar advises victims to contact attorneys who are well-versed in boating-while-intoxicated (BWI) laws and who can help them gather evidence necessary to ensure their claims are solid. Proof of negligence might include accident and witness reports, photographs or other documentation.

“In order to receive the maximum amount of compensation possible, injured individuals need to be able to prove that the injuries they sustained in a boating accident were entirely caused by the boating accident,” he says. “That’s not necessarily simple, and getting the best settlement or verdict is absolutely dependent upon it.”

About Millar & Mixon, LLC

The Atlanta personal injury law firm of Millar & Mixon, LLC, based in Atlanta, GA, focuses on

representing persons injured in car, truck, motorcycle, bus and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm also handles DUI cases, slip and fall injuries and animal attacks and bites, among other personal injury claims. Since 1993 Atlanta attorney Bruce Millar has obtained judgments and settlements exceeding $ 60 million for his clients.

The firm represents Georgia accident and injury clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Jonesboro, East Point, North Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Riverdale. For more information, call (877) 475-7015 or contact the firm through its online form.


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Consuming Either Alcohol And/or Drugs Constitutes A Pennsylvania Dui

Drunk driving is usually referred to as driving under the influence (DUI), and driving while intoxicated (DWI). In Pennsylvania, you can add driving after imbibing (DAI) to the list. In addition, a Pennsylvania DUI also relates to driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).

A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.8 is the baseline for drunk driving in all the United States – the level at which you are impaired. Although Pennsylvania DUI law uses this baseline as well, the State takes it  further by delineating three levels of intoxication, and assigning higher penalties accordingly. The three levels of BAC are between .08 and .099, between .10 and .159, and .16 and above. And, if you have any amount of drugs in your system, you will be penalized as if you had a BAC of .16 and above.

Pennsylvania is an implied consent State, which means you gave your implied consent to undergo a chemical test when you were given your driver’s license. Therefore, Pennsylvania penalizes you for refusing a BAC test in Pennsylvania – your license will be suspended for one year per conviction. In fact, Pennsylvania requires that you send them your actual license. And if you are caught driving while under suspension, you will be incarcerated for 60 days, be fined $500, and have an additional one-year suspension of your license.

Other laws you should know about include:  Jury trials are not allowed for a first-offense Pennsylvania DUI, because a first-offense DUI or DAI are “ungraded misdemeanors.” Jury trials are allowed for second offenses with a BAC .16 or higher, and third and subsequent offenses. Pennsylvania’s look-back period is 10 years; this means that a second offense will be considered a first offense if it happens over 10 years after the first dui arrest.

MyDUIAttorney.org is a directory of qualified attorneys, lawyers and firms who deal with drunk driving cases and help defend those charged with a DUI offense. The directory provides a source of marketing and lead generation for these attorneys, lawyers and law firms, making it easy for DUI offenders to search and contact qualified professionals who can help them.