With the large influx of new residents and tourists that Arizona has enjoyed over the last several years, there has been a corresponding growth in the number of boaters taking to the state’s waterways. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving recreational watercraft. Add that to the fact that there are no licensing requirements and anyone over the age of 12 can operate a boat in Arizona, it is more dangerous than ever to enjoy water recreational activities.
In fact, Arizona now ranks fifth nationwide in the total number of marine accidents and seventh for the total number of injuries on the water. If you have been in a boating accident, a Phoenix personal injury attorney can help.
Arizona law requires that operators who have been in a boating accident have to:
- Stop the vessel at the scene; and
- Render aid to any injured parties and/or minimize any danger caused by the accident unless doing so would seriously endanger his or her vessel or passengers; and
- Provide their name, address, and the identifying number of his or her vessel to anyone injured in the accident and to the owner of any damaged property.
Additionally, operators are obligated to file a boating accident report with the Arizona Game and Fish Department within 48 hours of an accident that includes an injury and/or death and five days with accidents that involves property damage.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a marine accident, get in touch with a Phoenix accident lawyer by calling 602-777-7000 or filling out our Free Case Evaluation form here.
The leading causes of marine accidents in Arizona, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, are:
- Operator inexperience
- Operator inattention
- Passenger behavior
- Equipment failure
- Reckless operation
- Failure to yield
- Congested waters/hazardous waters
- Excessive speed/operating under the influence
If a boating accident has left you seriously injured, reach out to an Arizona personal injury lawyer right now by calling Burg Simpson at 602-777-7000.
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The Arizona injury attorneys at Burg Simpson have more than 40 years of experience in dealing with accidents that occur on the state’s waterways. If you have been hurt in one of these accidents, we can help you put your life back together while also working to help punish irresponsible boat operators. Get in touch with an Arizona injury lawyer today by calling Burg Simpson at 602-777-7000 or you can fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form now.