In and around Mesa, traffic accidents make up a substantial percentage of the cases that personal injury attorneys deal with. Auto accidents of many different types occur in the U.S. with alarming regularity, including car, truck, bus and motorcycle accidents. However, a surprising fact you may not be aware of is that, even in a landlocked state such as Arizona, boating accidents are still an unfortunate fact of life. There are numerous recreational lakes and rivers near to Phoenix that boat owners like to visit and, although boating should be a fun time for the whole family, boating misadventures and injuries repeatedly occur.
At Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC, our Mesa-based boat accident lawyers know how startling the boating accident facts and figures are. For example, in 2012, the American Boating Association found, “the Coast Guard counted 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths, 3000 injuries and approximately $38 million dollars of damage to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.” These statistics are made even worse when you consider “Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; it was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.” But the over-consumption of alcohol is not the only reason why boat-based disasters occur; the other chief causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator inexperience
- Excessive speeding
- Reckless operator or passenger behavior
- Lack of concentration
- Machinery malfunction
If you have recently been involved in a boating accident in which the injuries you or a member of your family have sustained were not your fault, you may deserve compensation, especially if your injuries have negatively affected your quality of life, such as failing to be able to walk or travel to work without assistance. Another thing to keep in mind is that, although financial difficulties due to costly hospital bills are one thing, it is another thing entirely if a boating disaster results in the death of a loved one. SGP Law provides first-class legal help to those who have suffered due to the negligence of a careless, distracted, and/or drunk boat operator, or due to boating equipment failure.
In the Valley of the Sun, Skousen, Gulbrandsen and Patience’s dependable Mesa boat accident and personal injury lawyers have the experience and skill needed to fight your case if you have been involved in a boating accident for which you were not to blame. Our reputable and trustworthy legal team will fight for the rights of boat-lovers who live in areas including but not limited to Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Phoenix, and Fountain Hills.
SGP Law offers legal assistance with all kinds of auto accidents, as well as dog bite cases, DUIs, dangerous product claims and wrongful death cases. Please call our personal injury lawyers at 800.501.2782 or contact us online for a free consultation today – no recovery, no fee!