Boat Accident Attorney in Phoenix
Serving Victims of Boat Accidents Across Arizona
Boating offers locals and tourists alike an opportunity to beat the Arizona heat and enjoy time on the water, but risks of serious accidents and injuries still exist – especially if someone is negligent.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, proving fault and liability can be an uphill battle, especially when insurance companies that put profits over people do all they can to pay as little as possible. To level the playing field – you need proven attorneys on your side.
Backed by over 100 years of combined experience, the MayesTelles PLLC is available 24/7 to speak with victims about their rights and options for pursuing financial compensation following preventable injuries. Call (602) 428-7104 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
We Handle Boat Accidents on All Arizona Lakes & Rivers
Our Phoenix boat accident lawyers handle serious injury and wrongful death cases on recreational waters across Arizona. That includes some of the most notorious accident-prone rivers and lakes, such as Lake Havasu, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, Lake Pleasant, and the Colorado River.
Fortunately for victims, Arizona has laws protecting the rights of people who suffer harm and losses which could and should have been prevented. If your boating accident was caused by negligence or the wrongful acts of others, you may have a potential case.
Negligence in boating wrecks can take many forms. Some of these include:
- Operator inexperience
- Operator inattention / distracted boating
- Excessive speed
- Drugged or drunk boating / operating under the influence
- Failures to abide by boating laws
- Machinery failure / defective products
- Negligent boat maintenance
- Improper lookout (skiing, tubing, water sports accidents)
- Overloaded boats
In addition to recreational boating accidents, we also represent victims injured on or by companies that manufacture defective parts or products, or operate tour boats and other boating services, as well as victims injured in jet ski or personal watercraft accidents (PWCs), paddle boat, house boat, canoeing, and kayaking accidents on smaller water ways like Tempe Town Lake, Lake Pleasant, and Prescott-area Watson Lake, Willow lakes, and Goldwater Lake.
Drunk Boating Accidents in Arizona
Arizona has become a hotspot for boating and water activities due to its numerous rivers and lakes, many of which are manmade. Created specifically for recreation, these lakes have become a haven for boaters across the region who want to kick back and enjoy some time on the water. Unfortunately, many boaters on Arizona waters are careless in operating their vessels – and many are intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.
According to the U.S. Goad Guard, alcohol intoxication is a leading contributing factor in fatal boat accidents. Coupled with inattention, “partying,” and a lack of familiarity with local laws and boating safety rules, some of the state’s most popular lakes and rivers have become dangerous waterways filled with potential risks.
If you have been harmed drunk boater, pursuing a personal injury claim is your most viable option for compensation. Though drunk boaters may be arrested and charged by law enforcement, criminal cases will only focus on whether they are Guilty or Not Guilty of a crime – not how much they should pay victims, even if there is restitution.
Damages for Boat Accidents
By pursuing a boat accident lawsuit, you can hold careless boaters or other at-fault parties accountable for their negligence, and financially liable for the damages you incurred. In Arizona, you may be entitled to compensation for economic and non-economic damages that include:
- Medical bills, including past and future medical expenses
- Lost income, including diminished earning capacity and future wages / benefits
- Pain and suffering, as well as future pain and suffering
- Emotional injuries suffered by victims and close family members
- Property damage, if your personal property was damaged
As part of the personal injury claim process, our attorneys work closely with clients to investigate all circumstances surrounding an accident, determine whether another’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash, and work aggressively to secure the maximum compensation possible.
MayesTelles is available 24/7, and offers FREE and confidential case reviews. Call (602) 428-7104 or complete an online case evaluation form to discuss your rights and options after a boating accidents.