Phoenix Boating Accident Law Firm

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Accident on the Water? We're Here to Help.

For many people, taking the boat out is living the dream. Unfortunately, for some, that dream has turned into a nightmare due to a water or boat accident. Because of federal and state laws governing the waterways, the process to file a claim can be complex. Yet, sometimes filing a claim is the only way to take care of yourself and your family. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a boat accident, give our boating accident lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico a call or text today at (602) 345-1818. We'll help protect your rights after a water accident, so you can get the compensation you need to recover. 

Avoiding Boat Accidents in Arizona & New Mexico

Boating is fun, and many accident victims never expected their fun day on the water to end in devastation. The best way to protect yourself and others from a catastrophic boat accident is to be prepared and take steps to lessen the risks. While every water or boat accident is unique, there are a few common causes, including operating a boat or jet ski while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive speeding, reckless boat operation, lack of warning or caution signage, failure to comply with boating laws, negligent boat maintenance, or distracted boating. Knowing the common causes of accidents can help you stay safe on the water. However, if you're in an accident, here is the boat accident checklist to follow to make sure you and others stay safe, and you don't hurt your case down the road if legal action is needed:

  1. Ensure you and other parties involved are safe; if medical attention is needed, call for it immediately

  2. If it's safe and possible to do so, prepare your boat for travel and proceed to the safety of the shore

  3. Obtain the other party's name, address, and phone number 

  4. Get the names and contact information for any passengers and eyewitnesses who saw the boat accident

  5. Get the registration or identification number of the vessels involved in the accident

  6. Exchange insurance company information and policy numbers with those involved 

  7. If it's safe to do so, get photographs of the accident and any damages

  8. See a doctor. Even if you “feel fine” following the accident, know that some severe and/or chronic injuries may not be evident for days after an accident has occurred

Note that you should NEVER leave the scene of a boat accident, as it could result in criminal charges. Additionally, don't neglect to report the accident. If an accident results in damages exceeding $500, Arizona law requires you to report it within 5 days to the police and file a report with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. If a death occurs, it must be reported within 48 hours.

Stay Safe While Making Waves in the Water

There are several things you can do to reduce your risks on the water, including:

  1. Never operate a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

  2. Always ensure that you and your passengers are wearing life jackets

  3. Participate in a boating safety course and review safety measures regularly

  4. Be aware of Arizona and New Mexico boating laws and follow them

  5. Use caution around the boat propeller– ensure no one enters or exits the boat while the engine is on

  6. Keep your safety equipment aboard, including flares, life jackets, fire extinguishers, and boat lights

  7. Be aware of weather conditions before you go out on your boat each day

Practicing the above habits could mean life or death in some cases. Keep yourself, your passengers, and fellow boaters safe by observing these safety tips. 

Boat Accident Representation in Arizona & New Mexico

If you have been involved in an accident, seek a boating accident lawyer in Arizona or New Mexico. There may be a lot of confusion after an accident. Having an attorney to help you sort out the details and communicate with the insurance company can help you get the compensation to help you get your life back on track and pay any expenses incurred as a result of the accident. Because boating accidents can be complicated, we advise at least having an initial consultation with a boat lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. If you are experiencing any of the following, the need for a lawyer increases: 

  • The boat owner has no insurance

  • You, a loved one, or another involved party has suffered serious injuries or death

  • The boat operator was negligent

  • The accident was due to a poorly maintained boat

  • The insurance company is denying your claim or offering you a minuscule settlement

The Boat Accident Lawyers 

Our boating accident lawyers are here to represent you after an accident on the water. Don't navigate this often overwhelming and complicated process alone, when you can have Impact Legal on your side to fight for you. We are experienced boating accident lawyers who are ready to get you the compensation you need to become whole again. 

Give us a call or text today to set up a free consultation to discuss the details of your case at (602) 345-1818. You can also fill out the form above, and we will get in touch with you. 

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