Boating is a popular way to beat the heat in Arizona, with several large lakes such as Lake Havasu, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, Lake Pleasant, Bartlett Lake, Lake Mead, and many others. Unfortunately, boating accidents are increasing according to national statistics. In 2017 there were 123 boating accidents, where 11 of them were fatal. The top five primary contributing factors in accidents: operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure and alcohol use. That last factor was the leading cause in fatal accidents at 19 percent. If you or a family member were involved in a boating accident, don’t hesitate to call us now.
A boating accident case is essentially a negligence lawsuit consisting of the same elements that make up a car accident lawsuit. The following elements for a successful boat accident lawsuit are as follows:
When a negligent boat operator cuts in front of another boat and creates a big wave or wake, the jolt of hitting that wave can potentially knock passengers down, throw them overboard, or even worse, cause the boat to lose control. Because Arizona and federal boating laws and regulations strictly require boat operators to keep a proper lookout for other boats and keep sufficient space to be safe, such an action would likely be considered negligent. The following are some potential facts to consider whether hitting another boat with a wake could be considered negligent:
We know it’s difficult enough recovering from injuries caused by a serious accident, often times we have new clients who are unable to travel. That shouldn’t prevent you from getting the legal representation you need and deserve though. With the Law Offices of Andrew R.C. Davis, we’ll send a lawyer out to meet with you anytime and anywhere to discuss your case personally. The following are locations in Arizona we serve:
6991 E. Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
1 S. Church Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
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