Phoenix Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating accidents are all too common in Arizona, and while many are mild, there are times when they result in serious, or even fatal, consequences. When that is the case, and you or a loved one has been injured, speak to a Phoenix, AZ boating accident lawyer at Torgenson Law. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for your losses. Reach us online or by calling (602) 759-0012, and schedule a free case evaluation today.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • We are proud of our commitment to our clients and will give you honest advice about your options.
  • Our team is bilingual in English and Spanish, allowing us to reach even more individuals in need of excellent legal counsel.
  • We have more than 20 years of experience practicing personal injury law.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents in Arizona

Accidents on the water can be caused by a variety of factors, but the majority are due to operator negligence. The most common causes include:

  • Reckless operation
  • Failure to maintain a lookout for other boats or swimmers
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Excessive speed
  • Dangerous or defective components
  • Equipment failure (such as tow rope failure)
  • Collisions due to failure to judge position or speed, of boats or swimmers

Any of the above factors may be grounds to file a personal injury claim.

What To Do After a Boating Accident

When a boating accident occurs, and you are injured, immediately seek medical attention. Otherwise, state regulations require the boat operator involved to file an accident report with the proper authorities. Arizona’s Game and Fish Department also have the following stipulations:

  • When any watercraft is involved in an accident that results in injury or property damage, the operator must immediately stop and give the impacted parties their contact information, along with the boat owner’s contact information.
  • After an accident, the boat operator must render reasonable assistance then report the collision to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • If there is a fatality, a report must be filed with the Arizona Game and Fish Department within 48 hours. Whereas, if there is injury beyond first aid or property damage totaling more than $500, then the report must be filed within five days.

The law also states that the boat’s owner must file the report if the operator is unable to.

Why You Need a Boating Accident Lawyer

The majority of boating accidents occur as a result of recklessness and negligence on behalf of boat operators. Since both operators and owners of boats owe a duty of care to operate their boats properly and to appropriately warn passengers of dangers, you may be entitled to compensation when an incident occurs. However, determining fault can be difficult.

An experienced personal injury lawyer in Phoenix will have the resources to work with experts in maritime law, accident reconstruction, forensics, and physics to establish the circumstances surrounding the accident and attribute fault. It may simply come down to determining which party contributed more to the collision if more than one boat is involved. Whereas, if the accident occurred due to a defective product or malfunctioning component, you may have a product liability claim. Either way, a boating accident attorney can be invaluable when it comes to obtaining a successful resolution and the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Boating Accident Lawyers Today

If you or a loved one has been involved in a boat accident, please reach out to our Phoenix boating accident attorney, online or call our office at (602) 759-0012. We can start with a free consultation, then guide you through every step of the process.