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Tough Phoenix Attorneys Hold Negligent Parties Accountable in Boating Accidents

Advocating for the rights of Arizona boat accident victims

When you’re out on open water, boating can seem like an easy task. There’s nothing like the feel of sea wind in your hair, and the millions of Americans that go out on boats every year don’t disagree. Unfortunately, boating also has many risks associated with it, and boating accidents make up a significant number of maritime emergencies each year. The United States Coast Guard reported that in 2015, there were 4,158 boating accidents. Of these accidents, more than 600 resulted in deaths. Many accidents can happen out on the open sea, and if you’ve been the victim of a boating accident due to negligence, you are entitled to fair and just restitution.

If you or a loved one has been injured severely in a boating accident, you will need knowledgeable Phoenix boating accident attorneys with years of experience representing claims just like yours. At Plattner Verderame, P.C., we honestly and thoroughly investigate the cause of boating accident injuries, and then aggressively fight all responsible parties, with the intention of holding them accountable. Honest people deserve honest justice and restitution for their injuries, and we are just the law firm you need to advocate for you in or out of court.

Going boating in Arizona

If you’re not from our beautiful state, you might not realize just how many opportunities there are to get out on the water in Arizona. Inexperienced boaters can sustain serious injuries on any of our rivers or lakes. We help people who were injured while out on a boat in:

  • Lake Powell
  • Lake Havasu
  • Tempe Town Lake
  • Black Canyon
  • Canyon Lake
  • Lake Pleasant
  • Goldwater Lake

Causes and procedures of boating accidents

The United States Coast Guard named the top five contributing factors to boating accidents:

  • Operator inattention
  • Operator inexperience
  • Failure to lookout
  • Machinery failure
  • Excessive speed

In boating accidents where fatalities occur, alcohol use is often involved. It is illegal to drive a boat while intoxicated. The majority of boating fatalities occurred in boats less than 21 feet in length, and the majority of these fatalities were as a result of drowning. If you have a loved one who has died in a boating accident, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim.

When you are in a boating accident, there is a specific procedure you need to follow. Federal regulation 33 CFR C – Casualty and Accident Reporting mandates that you notify the nearest state boating authority in the event of an accident. You are required to do this within two days (48 hours) of the accident if any of the following things happen:

  • A death occurs within 24 hours of the incident
  • An injury required medical attention that’s not just First Aid
  • Property damage is more than $2,000
  • Someone disappears from the vessel, noting likely injury or death by drowning

Our lawyers have the knowledge and resources to successfully handle the complexities of a boating accident case. We are trained in the regulations and rules that govern maritime and water mishaps. We know how to accurately and honestly conduct investigations, and after you have reported your incident to a state boating authority, you should immediately retain competent counsel.

Our Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyers are here to help you

When you’ve been in a boating accident, we want to help you on the road to recovery. Our team of honest and dependable Phoenix boating accident attorneys is on your side, and we want you to focus on your health and wellness while we focus on your restitution and adequate compensation that you’re due. We will need a full list and consultation about your injuries — including anything that might be long lasting, such as respiratory issues or impacted mobility.

We know there is a complex set of issues in almost every boating accident case, and we are here to help you obtain the compensation you need to have an improved quality of life. We will help you find medical specialists if needed, and we can retain some to help as experts in your case.

Although most cases will settle, we prepare for an aggressive trial litigation. This helps us have the upper hand in your settlement negotiations. Our three active partner attorneys are all recognized by the Arizona Bar Association as Board Certified Specialists in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation.

Types of Cases We Handle

Our attorneys handle a variety of accident cases, including:


Phoenix boating accident attorneys want to hear from injury victims

After you’ve filed your report with the Arizona boating authority, don’t be afraid to contact us for a confidential and free consultation. We want to hold negligent parties responsible for the injuries and long-term effects of the accident that you’ll carry throughout your life. We will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve, and there’s no need to worry about affordability. Plattner Verderame, P.C. handles case payments on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we won’t charge you anything unless we obtain a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Call us today at 602-266-2002, or contact us online.