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Tucson Boating Accident Lawyer

Boating is a popular and fun outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by all. The last thing you expect while having a pleasant day out on the water with family and friends is an accident. Boating accidents can range from minor inconveniences to major events with severe injuries. If your boating accident results from another’s negligent behavior, it’s imperative you reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. 

Your attorney will investigate the accident with the ultimate goal of getting you compensation for your injuries, medical treatments, lost wages, and more. The Tucson boating accident attorneys at Feller & Wendt have devoted many years to getting our community the compensation they need to move forward and put their accidents behind them. 

Main Causes of Boating Accidents in Tucson, Arizona

Operating a boat should be taken seriously. Everyone on board should have access to a life jacket, and an emergency kit with flashlights and other materials should be easily accessible. Arizona sees a high number of boating accidents during the warmer months of the year due to crowding from those swimming, fishing, water skiing, and relaxing. Some leading causes of boating accidents in Tucson include: 

  • Operating your boat while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Failure to follow navigation rules
  • Congested waters
  • Ignoring weather conditions
  • Running out of fuel

Being out on the water does not exempt anyone from the regular laws. Arizona prohibits anyone from operating any motorized vehicle, including boats or jet skis, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal blood alcohol concentration level is the same for operating a boat as it is driving a car: 0.08%. 

How a Tucson Boating Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case

If you are looking to receive financial compensation and justice for your sustained injuries and trauma, the best course of action is to speak with a boating accident lawyer as soon as possible. While you can file a claim without the assistance of an attorney, the insurance company will likely not provide you with adequate compensation. Your Tucson boating accident lawyer will not only help with the filing of your claim but also:

Gather Evidence

To demonstrate negligence, you will need evidence. This can include photographs of the accident or the aftermath of the accident, video footage taken on your phone, eyewitness testimony, police reports, and even medical records. If you weren’t able to obtain any evidence due to injury or lack of proper supplies, don’t worry. 

While you focus on recovering and resting with loved ones, Feller & Wendt will begin an official investigation into your accident, collecting evidence and using connections to obtain time-sensitive materials. 

Establish Negligence

Using the gathered information and evidence, your Tucson boating accident attorney can establish that the at-fault party was negligent in their behavior and directly caused the accident. For example, if the at-fault party was operating their boat while intoxicated, this is considered a direct breach of care. When you are out on the water, a standard of care is expected from all inhabitants, which is to keep each other safe. 

When that breach of care leads to an accident and injury, the affected party has the right to recover damages for their losses. 

Fight for Adequate Compensation 

The insurance company is not on your side and will look to give you the least amount of money they can. With a determined and knowledgeable lawyer on your side, you will have someone fighting for the compensation you need to move forward. Boating accidents can cause serious injury, and see the affected parties being left with piles of medical bills, lost wages due to missed work, and overall stress and anxiety. 

Your attorney will fight to retrieve economic and non-economic damages, covering both the measurable items, like bills, and the nonmeasurable items, like loss and suffering. 

Adhere to the Statute of Limitations 

Arizona has a statute of limitations for filing all personal injury claims. The law states that you must start your claim within two years of the cause of action to receive compensation. If you try to file a claim after the statute of limitations has passed, the defendant will file a motion to dismiss. 

If you were injured more than two years ago but still want to file a claim, your attorney can investigate whether your case meets the requirements for an exception. We understand that sometimes injuries do not present themselves immediately and other factors prohibiting you from filing may arise. If you are approaching your deadline or it has already passed, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible for assistance. 

Been in a Tucson Boating Accident? Feller & Wendt Can Help Today

Don’t try and fight for your rights alone. Feller & Wendt is here to help with the hard part while you focus on rest and recovery. Our client-first approach means we are there from the very first consultation to the final settlement and that you have our support whenever you need it. 

To discuss your best legal options moving forward, call our Tucson boating accident lawyers for a free consultation at (408) 702-2277 or use our contact form

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