Boating is a popular leisure activity for many Arizonans, but a boat accident can cause significant damage and severe or fatal injuries. If you or a relative recently sustained any damages in a boat accident, contact the Law Offices of John Phebus today to schedule a consultation with a Glendale boat accident lawyer.
Why Choose Our Firm?
- The attorneys at the Law Offices of John Phebus have more than 20 years of diverse experience in personal injury and criminal defense.
- Our Glendale personal injury attorneys leverage our experience and resources and strive to maximize our client’s compensation in every case we take.
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- We offer free consultations so potential clients can ask their legal questions and understand their rights to recovery before making a financial commitment for legal representation.
How Can a Glendale Boat Attorney Help?
A boating accident may involve multiple parties, significant property damages, and even severe or fatal physical injuries. These incidents invariably lead to complex legal claims against the parties responsible for causing them. A Glendale boat accident attorney can help a client determine liability for a boat accident, gather evidence to prove the extent of the client’s damages, and handle correspondence with insurance companies regarding related claims.
The average person with no legal experience may not have the time, energy, or personal resources to pursue a boat accident lawsuit without an attorney. Missing a filing requirement with the court or other deadlines could lead to a judge throwing out the claim before legal proceedings begin. Hiring an accident lawyer helps to ensure that procedural errors do not jeopardize a client’s case and offers a better chance of securing a recovery.
Common Reasons for Boat Accident Lawsuits
Arizona boating on Lake Powell, Lake Havasu, the Colorado River at Black Canyon, or any of the other waterways in the state requires the same care and attention as driving a motor vehicle. Boaters have a duty of care to abide by posted navigational signs, maintain safe vessels with appropriate safety equipment onboard, and refrain from drugs and alcohol while operating their watercraft.
As a boat moves through the water, it starts to form a “wake,” or small wave, behind the vessel from the disruption of the water’s surface. This wake builds with increasing speed and may strike nearby vessels at odd angles. Many waterways in Arizona are “no-wake” zones, and operators should remain at lower speeds to avoid producing wakes. A wake can cause another vessel to tip over, injuring that vessel’s operators and passengers.
Boating accidents may also occur due to poor vessel maintenance, onboard fires, passenger misconduct, or many other reasons. If a boat operator causes an injury to a passenger or the occupants of another vessel, he or she is liable for the resulting damages. Additionally, operating a boat under the influence of alcohol qualifies as driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona, meaning such an offender may face criminal charges in addition to civil penalties from injured victims.
Damages and Compensation
A boat accident may result in drowning injuries, traumatic head injuries from a vessel striking a swimmer, burning injuries, and many other serious wounds. These accidents also lead to significant property damage, and possibly even lost income while victims stay home from work to recover from their injuries. Injured parties can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering through personal injury claims.
If you or a loved one recently sustained damages due to a negligent party causing a boat accident, The Law Offices of John Phebus can help you recover with a personal injury claim. Contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Glendale boat accident lawyer, and we will let you know how our firm can help.