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Boat Accident

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 nearly 200 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.

We've Won Thousands of Cases

  • Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

    Client R.C. was stopped by Mesa Police for a civil traffic violation and later charged with DUI, Extreme DUI, and Super Extreme DUI in a justice court. During the course of their representation, MayesTelles attorneys discovered important inconsistencies in the police reports. When we presented these issues to the State, the prosecutor’s office agreed to drop all DUI charges.

  • Fatal Commercial Vehicle Accident

    MayesTelles Client A.F. and her husband tragically lost their unborn child as a result of the negligence of an individual operating a commercial vehicle in Yuma, Arizona. After substantial investigation including accident reconstruction and filing a lawsuit, the insurance company paid out the policy limits of $1,000,000.00.

  • 4 Counts of Aggravated DUI Dismissed

    Client M.W. was charged with 4 counts of Aggravated DUI in the Maricopa County Superior Court in July 2016 for allegedly riding a motorized bicycle under the influence. The attorneys at MayesTelles demanded that the State include certain materials in their presentation to the grand jury, resulting in the grand jury refusing to indict and the case being dismissed.

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Client, GS, charged with DUI - sentence was reduced to reckless driving.

  • Client Facing Assault Felony

    M.L. was charged with 1 count of Aggravated Assault, a class 3 dangerous felony. She plead guilty to Aggravated Assault, a class 6 undesignated felony, with a stipulation to 3 months of initial jail. She received credit for 32 days and the rest of the jail time was deferred. She was placed on 3 years of supervised probation. She has the opportunity to designate the offense a misdemeanor after successfully completing probation. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with DUI

    Our client, A.R, was charged with 1 count of DUI and 1 count of Failure to Control Speed to Avoid a Collision. During extensive pre-trial investigation, it was discovered that the police made many errors in how they handled the case. We were able to get the client's charges reduced to reckless driving. Location: Glendale City Court

  • Client Charged with Four Felony Counts

    Our client, Ms. D., was charged with two counts of forgery - a class 4 Felony as well as theft - a class 2 Felony and also fraudulent schemes and artifices - a class 2 Felony. We were able to get her conviction reduced to a class 6 undesignated felony with the opportunity to reduce further to a misdemeanor. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Trespass & Assault

    Our client, T.C., was charged in Maricopa County Superior Court on July 8, 2015 with 1 count of Criminal Trespass, a class 6 felony, and 1 count Assault, a class 2 Misdemeanor. On September 9, 2015, after an 8-day jury trial, our client was found not guilty on both charges. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Shoplifting

    Our client, Ms. H., was charged with shoplifting - a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get her conviction set aside. Location: Phoenix Municipal Court

  • Client Faced 5 Felony Sex Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with five counts of felony sex offenses, including two counts of Sex Conduct with a Minor and three counts of Molestation of a Child. We were able to get the case dismissed upon a successful Motion to Dismiss. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

  • Client Charged with Disorderly Conduct

    Our client, K.F., was charged with Disorderly Conduct, a class 1 misdemeanor. We were able to get this client's case dismissed. Location: Tempe Municipal Court

  • Client Facing Multiple Criminal Charges

    Our client, L.S., was charged on October 20, 2014 in Mesa for an assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal damage. MayesTelles PLLC was able to get those charges dismissed.

  • Client Facing Multiple Domestic Violence Offenses

    Our client, Ms. C., was facing charges of assault / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), disorderly conduct / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor), and criminal damage / domestic violence (class 1 misdemeanor). We were able to get our client's case dismissed. Location: Mesa Municipal Court

  • Charged with Assault & Failure to Appear

    Our client, L.S., was charged in Phoenix on December 27, 2014 for assault and failure to appear. After completing diversion, our client's case was dismissed.

  • Multiple Felony Theft Offenses

    Our client, Mr. C., was charged with Theft of Means of Transportation (Class 3 Felony) and Trafficking in Stolen Property (Class 3 Felony). Both class 3 felonies have a possible sentencing range of 2 - 8.75 years in prison. We were able to get our client's charge reduced to a Class 1 Misdemeanor with no jail time. Location: Maricopa County Superior Court

Why Choose MayesTelles PLLC?

  • Nearly 200 Years of Combined Experience
  • Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled
  • Voted Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Available to Our Clients 24/7
  • Former Prosecutors & Law Enforcement
  • AV Preeminent Rated Attorneys

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