On July 22, 2012, the Calgary Herald reported that the stepson of pop singer Usher died after spending two weeks in a local hospital. Earlier in the month, 11-year-old Kirk Glover was struck by a personal watercraft while in Georgia's Lake Lanier. Glover is the son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster Raymond. Due to Usher's celebrity status, this tragic event has attracted public attention and raised awareness about the dangers of boating accidents in Georgia.
Glover sustained major brain damage when he was struck by a jet-ski. The child remained in the hospital for two weeks until the family removed him from life support. Georgia officials are still investigating the accident. Like other vehicles, boats, jet-skis and personal watercrafts are exceptionally dangerous when they are used in a reckless or negligent manner. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Coast Guard, 110 to 150 boating accidents occur each year in Georgia waters. These accidents cause more than one dozen fatalities.
In cases like this, the driver of a personal watercraft or boat could be sued in a civil wrongful death lawsuit for operating a watercraft in a dangerous or reckless manner. The driver may also be liable for a survival action and damages for the severe pain and emotional distress that the decedent and surviving family experienced. Unfortunately, boat accidents are very difficult to examine. If you or a loved one were injured in a Georgia boating accident or a jet-ski collision, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Savannah's Tate Law Group. Georgia personal injury lawyers will assemble a team of litigation specialists and expert witnesses to ensure that you win your case.