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WHY TO CONSIDER LITIGATION FOR YOUR BOATING ACCIDENT
Boating accidents in the Metro Phoenix area can leave a person seriously injured or may result in a wrongful death. They may involve boats, ships, jet skis, or any other type of personal watercraft (PWC.) An operator of any of these types of watercraft vehicles may be subject to several different kinds of law, including the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Jones Act (federal law), as well as various other provisions of maritime or admiralty law. Watercraft operators have a legal duty to operate their crafts in a reasonably safe manner.
In many boating accident cases, alcohol is involved. The operator may be boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or some other substance that may impair the operator’s ability to safely operate the watercraft. Speak to a boating accident attorney at our firm who can help you recover lost wages, medical expenses, ambulance expenses, etc. And, we will deal with the insurance company to make sure you don’t become a victim all over again.
Main Causes of Boating Related Accidents
- Reckless operation of a vessel
- Hazardous waters
- Passenger/skier misbehavior
- Excessive speed
COMMON TYPES OF BOATING ACCIDENTS
BOATING ACCIDENT ATTORNEY - KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR
There are several types of injuries that one can sustain in a boat accident, including:
- Trauma to the lungs
- Broken limbs
- Brain damage
- Severed limbs
- Spinal trauma
Some of the most common types of boating accidents are:
- Falling overboard
- Collision with other vessels
- Skier mishap
- Crashing into a fixed object
- Flooding and swamping
Here are some ways to reduce your risk of falling victim to, or causing, a boating accident:
- Do not be an aggressive driver.
- Yield to no wake zones.
- Comply with state life preserver requirements.
- Make sure that your boat is registered, and that its registration can be seen on both sides of the stern.
- Plan a time limit for your trip, and rest well before going on the water to avoid fatigue.
- Never drink and drive while handling a boat.