Not just limited to Tucson, boating and other water sports are an increasingly popular activity nationwide. In 2009, the United States Coast Guard reported that there were over 12.7 million boats and personal watercraft registered in the country. Over the last twenty years, the number of boats populating American waterways has increased by a little over 2 million. These facts alone can attest to the joy and exhilaration Americans seek in boating. But with this ever increasing number of enthusiasts comes an increasingly dangerous risk: boating accidents.
The Coast Guard reported that in 2009, there were 4,730 boating accidents. Within these accidents the following facts were derived:
- 3,358 people were injured
- Approximately 36 million dollars worth of property damage was reported
- 736 people lost their lives
- The fatality rate went up by 3.6% from the previous year
Operator negligence can and has lead to serious, often catastrophic, boating accidents. A negligent, careless, or distracted operator has the potential to injure or kill other enthusiasts who are simply trying to enjoy the Arizona waterways. Nationwide the top five primary contributing factors to boating accidents are:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speed
- Improper lookout
Many different types of accidents can arise due to the aforementioned, negligent acts. The top five primary types of boating accidents are:
- Collisions with other vessels
- Skier mishaps
- Collisions with a fixed object
In accordance with federal law, victims of boating accidents in Tucson are required to file a report within two days to a reporting authority if:
- A person dies
- A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid
- Damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000 or more or there is a complete loss of any vessel
- A person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury
If you have been the victim of a boating accident, seek the service of a Tucson attorney trained and experienced in the laws and regulations of boating accidents. Here at the Tucson branch of Wattel & York, we have a vast array of knowledge concerning boating accident claims. All aspects of your case will be reviewed by trained professionals to ensure your full compensation for injuries, pain, and suffering you incur as a result of your accident.
Finding the right medical specialist can be a tough task, especially when youâ€™re already dealing with physical and emotional injuries after an accident. The Tucson attorneys at Wattel & York will set you up with the appropriate specialist for your boating injury. Additionally, we can put off the payment to these specialists until your trial is finished or your case settled. This is a courtesy we extend to all of our clients.
The boating accident attorneys at Wattel & York will fervently pursue the cause of your injury. In Tucson, the operator that causes or is â€śat faultâ€ť in a boating accident is determined by the law of negligence. Each operator has a duty to other people on the waterways to exert reasonable care. When an operator doesnâ€™t exert reasonable care, it can result in injury or death to others.
Donâ€™t hesitate any longer if you are the victim of a boating accident. The statute of limitations strictly dictates how long you have after your accident to file a claim. Contact an experienced Tucson attorney within Wattel & York, Attorneys At Law, to get started on your boating accident claim today. You can reach our Tuscon office at (520) 352-0183. Alternatively, you can fill out our simple case form on our website and we will get back to you promptly.
Here at Wattel & York, your initial consultation is always free and confidential. When we accept cases, our firm operates on a contingent fee basis. What this means to you is simple — you donâ€™t pay anything unless we win your case.
Call or contact us today, you may have a valid claim (entitling you to compensation) for personal injury as the result of a boating accident.