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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Aug 28, 2014

Boating is one of the most popular activities here in Arizona. Whether it’s enjoying a relaxing day at Bartlett Lake or skiing with the family at Lake Powell, there is a wide variety of boating options across the state. Unfortunately, accidents occur on a fairly frequent basis, making a getaway into a nightmare.

Boating accidents can occur on any number of different water vessels, including kayaks, motorboats, houseboats, inflatable boats, canoes, rowboats, pontoon boats and others.

The top ten reasons for boating accidents in Arizona (according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department) are:

  1. Operator Inexperience
  2. Operator Inattention
  3. Passenger/Skier Behavior
  4. Weather
  5. Equipment Failure
  6. Reckless Operation
  7. Failure to Yield
  8. Congested Waters and Hazardous Waters
  9. Excessive Speed and Alcohol Use
  10. Overloading

Accidents on the water can be extremely harmful and in some cases lethal. It’s important to file your claim within 24 hours of the accident and to get in touch with a boating accident attorney who can help you receive the appropriate amount of compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident and need legal representation, contact the Maricopa Lawyer Referral Service for more information. Remember, when you, your friends, or your family decide to go boating, it is incredibly important to boat safe, boat smart, and boat sober.