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.
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:
Any of the above factors may be grounds to file a personal injury claim.
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:
The law also states that the boat’s owner must file the report if the operator is unable to.
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.
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.