boating accident lawyer macon


Water activities are very enjoyable in Macon, Warner Robins and the entire Middle Georgia area. Unfortunately, however, boating can be dangerous and accidents can — and do — happen.

Owners and operators of commercial vessels are responsible for ensuring that the ship or boat is in good operating condition and piloted safely. When owners or operators of commercial boats fail to comply with these responsibilities, they may be held legal liability in instances of injury or death.

When an injury occurs as a result of a private boating accident, the owner or operator may have legal liability.

According to the Coast Guard, personal watercraft (PWC), such as Jet Skis, have a much higher collision rate than a traditional boat. Some of the reasons PWCs are involved in so many crashes include inexperienced operators, quirky handling and maneuvering, and less visibility to other personal watercraft and boats. Personal watercraft are similar to motorcycles. When they’re involved in an accident, the rider often sustains significant injuries due to a lack of protection surrounding them.

General negligence laws apply if you’re injured in a boating accident in Georgia. This means you must prove that the operator of the boat that caused your injuries failed to use reasonable care and that failure caused your injuries and damages. General negligence theory applies to both boat operators and boat owners.

Anyone who is injured as a result of the use of a private boat or a commercial vessel should protect their legal rights by seeking advice from an experienced boating accident attorney. Understanding Georgia boating laws is the first step in protecting your rights.

We specialize in helping those who have been injured in boating accidents in Macon, Ga. Contact us. We can help!