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Boating negligence proves fatal in Georgia accident

The body of a 13-year-old Georgia boy was recently recovered from Lake Lanier, a popular recreation area which also provides water for the Atlanta area. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had been aiding local authorities in searching for the victim's body, supplying both expertise and equipment that local law enforcement lacked in connection with this apparent wrongful death.

The youngster was killed on June 18, along with his 9-year-old brother, when a boat driven by their father was hit by a fishing boat. Although the crash is still being investigated, the operator of the fishing boat is charged with boating under the influence. Officials say homicide charges are possible.

The result of the boat operator's negligence is no less tragic because it happens to involve watercraft instead of automobiles. The danger is just as great, as this story tragically proves. And though compensation can be ordered by a court applying state laws, the compensation will likely provide small solace to the grieving family.

At the same time, compensation obtained through a wrongful death lawsuit in cases like this can protect a family from becoming overwhelmed by medical, funeral and legal costs and allow them to process their emotions without having to process complicated and perhaps frustrating financial matters at the same time.

Because of the increase in recreational watercraft during the summer months, the number of incidents such as this is likely to rise. For some unknown reason, people who would never operate an automobile while or after drinking alcohol, have no hesitation operating motorized water vehicles under the same or similar circumstances.

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Body of Griffin Prince found at Lake Lanier," Christian Boone and Alexis Stevens, June 28, 2012

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