Mesa Boat Accident Lawyers
Arizona is a great place to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Water sports are very popular in the state, and it’s not surprising that people come from all over to enjoy our 128 Lakes and five major rivers.
Fishing, boating, waterskiing, kayaking, and other watersports are major sources of recreation in Mesa, and there are fantastic lakes within an hour’s drive, including Saguaro Lake, Tempe Town Lake, Kiwanis Lake, and Lake Pleasant.
Although boating is lots of fun, it’s important to stay alert and follow basic safety precautions to prevent serious mishaps. Reckless behavior such as speeding and operating a boat under the influence may cause serious injuries and fatalities.
If you were harmed in a boating accident caused by somebody’s careless behavior, the Mesa personal injury lawyers at The Husband & Wife Law Team can help. We’ll file a claim to help you get the money you need to cover your medical bills and other costs such as time missed from work.
Call (480) 944-9753 to schedule your FREE consultation today.
Almost all boating accidents could be prevented if people would just be more careful. One of the most important things boaters can do is slow down, especially in areas where other watercraft and swimmers are present. Speeding makes collisions with other watercraft and objects such as docks and buoys much more likely. It also causes dangerous wakes that can harm swimmers and capsize vessels.
Inattentive and intoxicated operators are major causes of accidents that result in serious injuries. It’s also important for operators to have the proper safety equipment onboard and eliminate slippery surfaces and obstructions that may cause someone to fall.
Frequent causes of boating accidents include:
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Operating under the influence
- No one on lookout
- Inexperienced operators
- Equipment failure
- Poor maintenance
- Fall hazards
- Loose cargo or lines
- Lack of guardrails
- Defective parts
Watercraft are defined as vehicles that travel on water such as airboats, sailboats, motorboats, canoes, inflatable boats, kayaks, rafts, jet skis, and rowboats. Inner tubes are not considered watercraft by the state of Arizona.
All watercraft in Arizona must be registered and have numbers displayed on each side of the bow. Arizona does not require you to have a boating license, but it’s strongly recommended that operators complete a boater education course that’s approved by the Arizona Fish and Game Department.
The following safety regulations apply to people operating watercraft in Arizona:
- Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.
- Never travel faster than prudent under prevailing conditions.
- No speeding in no-wake zones.
- Vessels traveling at night must have the appropriate lighting.
- Never block or interfere with a launch area.
- Children 12 and below must be wearing a floatation device at all times.
- Never operate watercraft in a manner that shows disregard for another person’s safety.
- Watercraft must contain floatation devices for all passengers.
- Vessels over 16 feet must have at least one throwable floatation device.
- Operators must stop their boats and share the operator’s and the owner’s contact information after a collision.
- Vessels with engines, stored fuel, closed living space, or stored flammable material must have a fire extinguisher onboard.
- No person under 12 may operate a vessel with a motor larger than 8 HP unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or a person over 18.
Falling while on board, falling overboard, collisions, fires, and being cut by propellors are some of the ways people are harmed in boating accidents. Common boating injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Severe burns
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord damage
Determining liability in a boating accident can be complicated. Our investigators at The Husband & Wife Law Team will find out what really happened. Then we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
A personal injury claim that results from a boating accident includes these types of damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Reduced income
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Medical devices
- Assisted living care
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
There are several people who may be held liable for boating injuries, including:
- The boat owner
- The operator
- Fellow passengers
- Mechanics who worked on the boat
- Manufacturers of defective parts
- The operator of the boat that causes a collision
The person who harmed you should have to pay for it! The Husband & Wife Law Team has collected millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.
Our team has a perfect 10.0 Avvo rating and Super Lawyers has recognized us for providing outstanding service.
Call (480) 944-9753 to learn more today. You won’t owe us anything unless we win you a settlement.
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