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What to do when you sustain injuries on Arizona’s waterways

Whether you have been injured by a commercial vessel or recreational boat, the results are the same — you are left with severe and debilitating injuries that affect your mobility and your quality of life. You need an experienced boating accident attorney by your side while you navigate the issues resulting from an accident-related injury. Lewis and Pokora in Phoenix bring together a team of lawyers and paralegals with the knowledge and skill needed to help fight for the fair compensation you deserve.

Watercraft accident cases are particularly difficult because they involve local, state and federal rules and regulations. You need a personal watercraft accident attorney with the insight into the admiralty and maritime laws that apply to your particular case. No matter where you have been injured, an attorney can provide the legal advice and insight you need to secure your right to compensation.

What to do if you have been injured

Federal laws require that both the boat operator and the owner of the vessel file an accident report. If the accident caused more than $2,000 in damages, the reports must be filed within 10 days, or if someone has disappeared, within 48 hours. In the report, you should be sure to take note of any and all possible causes of the accident, especially if the other operator appeared to be impaired. A boating accidents attorney can help you investigate the following conditions:

  • Alcohol use
  • Bad weather
  • Operating under the influence
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Congested waters
  • Docking accidents
  • Equipment failure
  • Excessive speed
  • Failure to yield
  • Hazardous waters
  • High winds
  • Inexperienced operators
  • Life jacket defects
  • Loading / unloading cargo
  • Operator inattention
  • Overloading vessels / excess cargo
  • Passenger / skier behavior
  • Safety procedure violations

Types of boating accidents

Although the United States Coast Guard conducts routine vehicle safety checks, harbor patrols and safe-boating courses, there are still times when accidents occur on our vast waterways. For example, where jet-skis are in close proximity to swimmers, surfers or boogie boarders, there is an increased likelihood of accidents that can vary from cuts and bruises to more serious injuries such as a spinal cord injury. In the unfortunate event of an accidental death in a boating accident, our accidental death attorney can take on the case for you.

Our boat accident lawyers can help if you have been injured by any one of the following types of commercial or recreational vessels:

  • Airboats
  • Cabin motorboats
  • Canoes
  • Commercial fishing boats
  • Commercial cargo vessels
  • Cruise liners
  • Houseboats
  • Inflatable boats
  • Jet skis
  • Kayaks
  • Ocean liners
  • Open motorboats
  • Personal watercraft
  • Passenger ships
  • Pontoon boats
  • Rafts
  • Rowboats
  • Sailboats

Safety guides

The Boaters Guide of Arizona provides basic information about operating your vessel safely. This guide can provide insight into whether the other vehicle was being operated per Arizona laws. An accident lawyer at the Phoenix law firm of Lewis and Pokora can help you if you have been harmed on Arizona waterways.

Contact our personal watercraft accident attorneys in Phoenix

Get the legal help you need to deal with the results of a boating or watercraft accident. Contact our boat accident attorneys at 602.889.6666 or online to schedule a free initial consultation.

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