Boating Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Jets skis and other types of personal watercraft (PWC) are loads of fun. But they travel very fast and they can be difficult to maneuver. When PWCs aren’t used properly, serious injuries and death may result.
Arizona has strict rules about who can operate PWCs and how you’re allowed to use them. Riders, owners, and businesses that rent out PWCs must make sure that operators are fully aware of the safety rules and that these vehicles are being used safely.
Nothing beats a day on the water, but whether you are on a fishing boat, yacht, or out sailing, you want to know that the vessel is secure for all scenarios. Federal boating laws require boat operators to have more than just personal floatation devices (PFDs) onboard, and there are several tools that are invaluable in an emergency. Whether an owner or an operator, you should always make sure your vessel is fully stocked before casting off.
A day of adventure on the water can turn into a nightmare if another boater decides to drink and drive—a far too common occurrence on Lake Havasu. With 300 days of virtually perfect weather, more than 400 events per year, and a pristine, 450-mile shoreline, it is no wonder that Lake Havasu attracts more than 2,500,000 visitors to its shores annually. And as summer approaches, we’ll be seeing more boat accidents.
Canoeing is one of the best activities for those who don’t want to kayak alone but aren’t ready for a full-size boat. You can put your back into it and get some exercise, or you can take a serene trip down a lazy river or across a calm lake. It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to the art of canoeing or you’ve been doing it for ages. It can be relaxing, fun and addicting. And because it’s an activity that you’ll want to do again and again, it’s important to make certain that you do everything in your power to keep your gear and your body in perfect working order.
There’s plenty of ways that you can stay safe on the water, but here are some of the simplest and most important safety tips to keep in mind:
Boating is a leisurely activity that nearly everyone can enjoy—after all, a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon out on the water can make the entire world melt away. Whether your relaxation is achieved by zooming around the water in a speed boat, waiting for the fish to bite in a bass boat or pulling yourself along in a canoe or kayak, boating is the way to go. But what about when things go wrong? There are many different problems that can occur out on the water. So, it’s important to make sure that you’re ready to handle anything and everything that comes your way so you can avoid disaster and keep your boating sessions all about relaxation and having a good time with the people you love out.
As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, more and more vacationers are heading toward Arizona’s beautiful lakes. As boating accident lawyers in Arizona, we believe it is important this time of the year to remember that boating can be dangerous and that safe boating habits should be practiced at all times.
According to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, “All vessels except sailboards and certain racing shells or rowing skulls must have at least one wearable… life jacket…” Vessels 16 feet or longer are also required to have a floatation device on board in case someone falls overboard. Additionally, all children under the age of 13 are required to wear a USCG approved life jacket at all times while on a boat.
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