Arizona is a beautifully warm place to live, so the weather allows for an unusually long season for water sports and, unfortunately, water sports injuries. The many lakes in Arizona become overcrowded with people, boats, boards, and skis. Because Arizona does not require certification, anyone can operate speedboats, motorboats, jet skis, or any other personal watercraft. The lack of rules and regulations subjects those on or in the water to dangerous accidents.
With boating accidents comes an array of injuries, from something as minor as a first-degree burn, to a grievance as major as a traumatic brain injury or even fatality. The best ways to try and avoid injury are by:
- Wearing properly fitted life jackets
- Looking out for other boaters and personal water craft operators
- Following basic waterway rules
When you combine heavy-duty, powerful boats with inexperienced boaters and operators, a few too many alcoholic beverages, and skiers and wake boarders flying all over the water, you are essentially left with a deadly combination. Some of the most common causes of boating accidents are:
- Slippery boat deck
- Reckless passengers
- Improper boat maintenance
- Inaccessible safety gear
- Distracted or reckless boat operator
- Collision between two boats or with an underwater object
- Adverse weather and water conditions
- Excessive speed
If you or a loved one has been in a boating accident or affected by one, call our experienced attorneys at Sparks Law Group. Operators of boats, jet skis, and sailboats can be held financially liable for accidents cause by their negligence. Furthermore, under Arizona dram shop laws if an accident took place, marinas and bars can be held liable for serving alcohol to a visibly impaired boat operator. These matters are stressful to deal with and can become very complicated; our lawyers are here to help you get the justice you deserve.
The Sparks Law Group can assist you in sorting through your medical bills, communicating with insurance companies and other parties in the case, and explaining the options that are available to you – we want to make sure all of your needs are handled swiftly and fairly.