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Boating Accident

Mesa Boat Accident Lawyers serving Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler & all of Arizona

Boating, especially here in Arizona, can be a fun activity with friends and family, but where there are motorized vessels about, there is always the possibility for tragedy. Boating accidents can leave a person seriously injured, or may result in a wrongful death.

Boating accidents may involve boats, ships, jet skis, or any other type of personal watercraft (“PWC”).  An operator of any of these types of watercraft vehicles may be subject to several different kinds of law, including the Arizona Revised Statutes, the Jones Act (federal law), as well as various other provisions of maritime or admiralty law. In addition, boat or other watercraft operators have a legal duty to operate their watercrafts in a reasonably safe manner.  In other words, boat operators have a duty to not operate their boats in a negligent manner.

In many boating accident cases, alcohol is involved.  The operator may be boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or some other substance that may impair the operator’s ability to safely operate the watercraft.  If you, or someone you love, are seriously injured in a boating accident due to BUI, or any other kind of boating negligence, call attorneys Brigham Cluff and David Cluff NOW for your free consultation. We can help you recover lost wages, medical expenses, ambulance expenses, etc.  And, we will deal with the insurance company to make sure you don’t become a victim all over again.

Main Causes of Boating Related Accidents:
  • Reckless operation of a vessel
  • Inattention
  • Hazardous waters
  • Passenger/skier misbehavior
  • Excessive speed
  • Alcohol

Brigham & David Cluff are determined to make your boat accident recovery as painless as possible, and get you the settlement you need. There are several types of injuries that one can sustain by being in a boat accident. And our contingency fee means that we don’t get paid unless you get paid! Listed below is a brief list of the different types of boat accident injuries one may suffer:

Common Boat Accident Injuries:
  • Trauma to the lungs
  • Broken limbs
  • Brain damage
  • Severed limbs
  • Spinal trauma
  • Concussion
  • Scarring
  • Bruising

If you have lost someone due to a boating accident, Brigham and David Cluff will handle your wrongful death case with the utmost dedication and diligence.

Some of the most common types of boating accidents, which may result in death, are as follows:

Boating accidents which frequently result in death:
  • Falling overboard
  • Collision with other vessels
  • Skier mishap
  • Crashing into a fixed object
  • Flooding and swamping

Here are some ways to reduce your risk of falling victim to (or causing) a boating accident.

Helpful Tips:
  • Do not be an aggressive driver.
  • Yield to no wake zones.
  • Comply with state life preserver requirements.
  • Make sure that your boat is registered, and that its registration can be seen on both sides of the stern.
  • Plan a time limit for your trip, and rest well before going on the water to avoid fatigue.
  • Never drink and drive while handling a boat.
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