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Boating Accidents on the Water

Boating accidents are regulated differently under federal, state, and international marine law. A claim to get compensation may be difficult to put together as a result of this.

When it comes to boating accidents, expertise counts. At Big Chad Law, our attorneys have been handling these cases for decades. We’ve helped boating accident victims all around the country get the compensation they deserve. Medical expenses, missed pay, and pain and suffering are all included. When it comes to boating rules, we know all the little nuances that may make or break a case. We know what it takes to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We know your local boating laws inside and out.

Boating accidents are one of the numerous practice areas at Big Chad Law, and we may be able to assist you if you have been involved in one. Please fill out our no-cost, no-obligation case review form if you’ve been hurt in a boating accident.

This is how it is done at our end.

To begin, the legal team assigned to your case will gather all relevant documentation, such as medical records, medical bills, and information on your insurance coverage. These records will assist your lawyer in determining the full degree of your injuries and presenting a strong claim for compensation..


A thorough investigation into your accident will be conducted by your attorney and legal team in order to acquire the required evidence. Your case may be strengthened by using evidence gleaned from dashcams, security cameras, police files, and other sources like these.


Outside of court, your lawyer will negotiate with the defense on your behalf in order to obtain the amount to which you are due.

However, your lawyer is ready to go to trial if settlement discussions fail.

How Can I Benefit from the Services of a Boating Attorney?

We have expertise handling both personal injury and maritime claims and will utilize this knowledge to ascertain the appropriate laws, statutes, theories, and jurisdictions for your claim.

We can determine who is accountable for your damages based on the body of water in which the accident happened and the nature of the accident using this information. Failure to submit a claim for personal injuries within your state’s statute of limitations may preclude you from recovering compensation for your injuries. It is critical to contact an attorney as quickly as possible following a boating accident.

Our Firm Handles Various Types of Boating Accident Claims


A driver may be deemed negligent if he or she:

  • Slamming into a large wave or wake at a high rate of speed
  • Choosing to maneuver in inclement weather, resulting in persons falling overboard
  • Contamination by propellers
  • At a fast rate of speed
  • Inadequate safety equipment on board
  • Collisions with other vessels or immovable objects (s)
  • Failure to adhere to the FFWCC’s “rules of the road”
  • Ship overcrowding and overloading

In Arizona, it is against the law to operate a boat while under the influence of either drugs or alcohol.You must submit to sobriety tests if you are suspected of operating a boat while inebriated.If the operator refuses to take the exam, their boating and driving rights will be revoked.In the eyes of the law, someone is inebriated if their blood or breath alcohol content is at or above.08%. Underage drinkers are deemed inebriated if their blood or breath alcohol content exceeds.02 on a blood alcohol content or breath alcohol content test.Alcohol levels beyond the legal limit are punishable by fines, jail time, and/or probation for anybody found guilty.

Operating a vessel carelessly or recklessly is a first-degree criminal misdemeanor in Arizona and the Federal Navigation Rules. If you operate a vessel with “willful disregard for the safety of persons or property,” you may be charged with reckless operation.

If you’re a boat operator, you have a responsibility to drive “their boat(s) in a reasonable and sensible way with regard to other vessel traffic” to safeguard the safety of other boaters as well as your own and your property.

Careless operation may result in a citation should these rules not be followed.

If the offender receives several tickets, he or she must take a boating education course before being allowed to drive a watercraft once more.

Claims After a Mishap on a Jet Ski

Due to the rider’s heightened level of exposure, jet ski accident injuries can be significantly more serious than those received in bigger boat collisions..

Negligence of the operator is a common cause of jet ski accidents, however poor equipment can also play a role in some.

Vessel operators, jet ski rental companies, and manufacturers selling faulty or poorly constructed products are examples of parties that may be held accountable for damages in a maritime accident.

What are the legal options if I get injured while boating?

Personal injury and/or property damage compensation may be available for boating accident victims who file a lawsuit.

Depending on the circumstances, criminal charges may be filed against a boater if they were operating recklessly, negligently, or while impaired. In boating accident litigation, negligence is the most typical claim. Operators of vessels may be held accountable for negligence in most cases if they violate specified boating laws, pass another vessel illegally, or do not utilize or have enough safety equipment on board during a boating disaster.

At trial, a juror must decide whether or not the defendant was a “reasonable boater” in operating the vessel.

For compensation, the plaintiff’s injuries must be traceable back to the watercraft mishap. Evidence such as eyewitness statements, police records, and images of the accident site and the victims’ injuries must be gathered to support a negligence claim. The injured party must show in these cases that the boating accident was caused by the negligence or carelessness of another person, that they were hurt as a result, and that the negligent party is liable for any resulting damages in order to win their case.

Instance by case, the party at fault for boating accident injuries will be different.

A boat accident’s liability and the legislation that applies to an injured party’s claim will differ based on who was aboard the vessel (employees, guests, operators, or owners) and where the accident occurred..

Our boating accident lawyers may be able to assist you. An injured victim of a boating accident may be eligible for financial compensation. Our personal injury lawyers are familiar with the differences between boating accidents and other types of vehicle collisions, and they may be able to assist you.

Complete our free case evaluation form now to discover more about how our boating accident attorneys may assist you.