Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Apr 09, 2010 in Personal Injury
As the weather continues to get warmer and the summer months draw near, more and more Phoenix and Tucson residents look for ways to escape the heat of Arizona. One of the most popular methods to accomplish this objective is to seek the fun and refreshment of boating. While boating can help many people beat the heat, they can also present risks to boat passengers.
Boating accidents do occur, and when they do, those who have been injured need the help of an Phoenix boating accident lawyer. Below is a look at how an owner of a boat could be liable for injuries caused in a boating accident.
One look at the relevant statistics and leading causes regarding boating accidents should alert anyone that this is an issue that continues to be a big problem. According to the United States Coast Guard, the following statistics were reported in regards boating accidents in the United States in 2008:
The leading causes of boating accidents were as follows:
Most of these causes of Arizona boating accidents trace back to potentially negligent conduct by the boat's owner.
Generally, the owner of a boat is as responsible for the boat, his or her passengers and the safety of other boaters on the water as someone who is driving a vehicle on the road. If the cause of the accident can be traced to negligence by the boat owner, he or she could face civil liability for damages incurred as a result of a boating accident. The owner's responsibilities include:
If the boat owner fails to meet any of these basic standards and an accident occurs that leads to injuries and damages, the boat owner could be liable for the costs incurred by those who are injured.
Of course, negligence can arise in any number of circumstances, and if you or someone you love has been harmed in a boating accident, you need the help of a personal injury lawyer in Tucson, AZ who understands how the rules of negligence apply to these situations. Contact Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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