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Georgia Boating Accident Claims Lawyers

Thousands of people in Georgia revel in the recreational activity of boating, taking to the numerous lakes and rivers scattered throughout the state, including the expansive Clarks Hill / Thurmond Lake. This affection for water-based leisure pursuits, however, is accompanied by the inherent risks associated with boating. Recent data from the U.S. Coast Guard highlights a concerning trend: for the second consecutive year, boating-related fatalities and injuries have surged across the nation. Shockingly, in 2006 alone, there were 710 reported deaths and 3,474 injuries stemming from boating accidents.

At the office of Burnside Law Firm in Augusta and Athens, Georgia, we passionately advocate for individuals and families who have tragically become part of these alarming statistics due to boating accidents. Our dedicated team is committed to providing unwavering legal support and seeking justice for those affected by such devastating incidents.

Boating Accident Negligence Liability

Unfortunately, it’s an undeniable truth that a significant portion of the annual boating accidents in Georgia could have been avoided. Despite the abundance of resources aimed at promoting water safety, negligence and oversights persist, leading to numerous preventable incidents. While various factors can contribute to accidents on the water, alcohol consumption stands out as a primary catalyst. Combining boating with alcohol not only impairs judgment and reaction times but also greatly increases the risk of accidents. Sadly, the consequences of such reckless behavior often result in tragic outcomes, leaving a wake of injuries, losses, and emotional distress for all affected parties. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a boating accident caused by any of the following factors, contact us for a free initial consultation:

  • Drunk Boating: Operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs significantly impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction times, elevating the risk of collisions, capsizing and other accidents. This reckless behavior endangers not only the intoxicated boater but also passengers and other water users.
  • Inexperienced and Untrained Boaters: Novice boaters lacking proper training and experience may struggle to navigate watercraft safely, leading to errors in maneuvering, anchoring or responding to changing weather conditions. Inadequate knowledge of maritime rules and regulations further compounds the risk of accidents.
  • Excessive Speed, Recklessness, and Lack of Proper Lookout: Operating a boat at excessive speeds, engaging in reckless maneuvers and failing to maintain a proper lookout for hazards pose significant dangers on the water. High-speed collisions, capsizing and collisions with stationary objects or other vessels are common consequences of such behavior.
  • Boat Collision: Collisions between vessels, including boats, jet skis and kayaks, are prevalent causes of boating accidents. Factors contributing to collisions may include impaired visibility, misjudgment of distances, failure to yield right-of-way and distracted or negligent watercraft operation.
  • Boat-Swimmer Accidents: Accidents involving swimmers and boats often result from the failure of boaters to observe designated swimming areas, maintain safe speeds near shorelines or properly supervise water activities. Collisions between boats and swimmers, as well as propeller strikes, can lead to severe injuries or fatalities.

Representing Boat Accident and Jet Ski Accident Victims

For numerous individuals who find themselves injured in a boating accident, their involvement in the incident often bears little connection to the factors that precipitated it. Shockingly, statistics reveal that nearly 20 percent of all fatal boating accidents stem from the irresponsible consumption of alcohol by the operator. Common sense would undoubtedly suggest that individuals demonstrating negligence should be prohibited from operating boats on Georgia’s waterways. However, the sheer volume of boats traversing these water bodies, coupled with the considerable number of boaters and the vast expanse of waterways to patrol, renders this objective a formidable challenge. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or loss as a result of a boating mishap—whether it involved a capsized vessel, a person falling overboard, a collision with a stationary object, or an impact with another watercraft—you are entitled to seek financial compensation for the damages incurred. Don’t hesitate to assert your rights and pursue the restitution you deserve.

Contact Burnside Law Firm Today

To gain a comprehensive understanding of your rights and explore the legal avenues available for holding accountable those who acted negligently and caused the watercraft injury you endured due to a boating accident, we encourage you to contact a skilled attorney at the Burnside Law Firm. By scheduling a free initial consultation with one of our experienced legal professionals, you can receive personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. During this consultation, we will meticulously assess the details of your case, analyze the factors contributing to the accident, and outline the potential avenues for pursuing compensation.

Our dedicated team is committed to fiercely advocating on your behalf, striving to secure the maximum restitution you rightfully deserve for the physical, emotional, and financial toll inflicted by the incident. Don’t hesitate to take the first step towards seeking justice and reclaiming control over your future. Contact us today to embark on the path towards obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve.

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2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320


325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered tens of millions in settlements and verdicts

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Meet The Team

Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

Lynn Eldridge

I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

Damien Williams

I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

Jacob Clements

Very very good law firm. Went above and beyond to make things right. Highly reccomend.

Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264