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Injured in a Boating Accident?

Although boating is intended to be a fun and relaxing way to spend a day, it’s important for any person on a boat to exercise proper safety and caution while on the water. When boaters act negligently or recklessly, a day of fun on the water can quickly turn into a devastating event.

Boating accidents lead to thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year. The majority of these types of accidents are caused by third parties who act recklessly or fail to follow safety guidelines. When a person’s negligence or recklessness leads to a boating accident that results in serious injury or death, that person will be held legally liable for the accident.

Victims of boating accidents are legally entitled to seek compensation for the following:

  • pain and suffering
  • medical expenses
  • treatment costs
  • lost wages
  • property damage
  • decreased quality of life
Injured in a boating accident in Maricopa, Pinal, or Pima County?Knowles Law Firm, PLC can help you take legal action. Call us today!

What Are the Most Common Types of Boating Accidents?

In terms of how many fatalities they caused, the US Coast Guard lists the following as the most dangerous types of accidents:

  • Falling overboard - This is the most common cause of fatal boating accidents. Passengers and operators accidently fall overboard. Hunters and anglers are also commonly involved in fatal boating accidents.
  • Capsizing - This is when a boat overturns, whether it was caused by a particularly powerful wave or by colliding with another vessel.
  • Object collides with a boat - This happens when a boat collides with a fixed object above or below the surface.
  • Collision of two or more recreational vessels - occurs when they collide, regardless of the vessels' operation at the time of the collision.
  • Departing vessel - is one in which a passenger voluntarily exits the vessel of their own volition, such as by diving off or jumping in, rather than falling off, due to a sudden change in direction or excessive speed. Under the influence of alcohol or drugs, leaving a vessel can be particularly dangerous.
  • Flooded boat - boats that flood still retain their buoyancy and remain afloat even as they fill with water.

Arizona Boating Laws

In Arizona, all motorized vehicles must be registered. Once registered, decals must be displayed prominently on the watercraft without fail. People who are under the age of 12 are not allowed to operate any type of watercraft that is powered by a motor. The only time they are allowed is while they are under the supervision of a person who is over the age of 18.

Operating watercraft while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is strictly prohibited. In fact, if people are caught boating under the influence, they can face criminal charges. All vessels must operate in accordance with posted speed limits.

Did Your Boating Accident Cause Injury?

In the wake of a boating accident, especially one that results in catastrophic injury, many people are unsure of what to do next or where to turn. After seeking medical treatment, it’s important for anyone injured in a boating accident to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney right away. Their firm is dedicated to helping boat accident victims seek damages for their injuries, financial loss, and decreased quality of life.

Lead attorney Mr. Knowles has years of experience handling accident and injury cases in the Phoenix area, and has been successful in recovering large settlements for his clients. He understands that this is an incredibly difficult time in his clients’ lives and is committed to preparing compelling cases and negotiating with the other party involved to obtain the largest settlement possible.

Furthermore, his entire legal team always provides their clients with the level of attention and dedication their case needs for a successful outcome. Most importantly, they work diligently so that their clients are awarded the money they need to treat their injuries and feel financially secure now and in the future.

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