The weather in Arizona is pleasant enough year-round to allow residents and tourists alike to enjoy the state’s various rivers and lakes. This includes boating. Although cars and trucks seem to take most of the attention when it comes to reporting of accidents, boat accidents can be just as tragic. Individuals who are involved in these types of wrecks can suffer serious injuries, and far too often individuals die as a result.

So how common are boating accidents? More common than many think. In 2017 alone, there were more than 1,100 accidents involving boats colliding with one another. Accidents also occurred from boats running aground, colliding with fixed objects and individuals falling overboard. The number one contributing factor to these accidents is driver inattention, followed closely by individuals who fail to perform proper lookout and inexperienced drivers. Other factors contributing to boat accidents include speeding, intoxication and failure to follow the basic rules of boating and water navigation.

Those who lose a loved one in a fatal boating accident can be left struggling to pick up the pieces. While they may be hit with an inexplicable amount of emotional pain and suffering, they can also be hit with a shockwave of financial ramifications. Their lost loved one’s medical expenses and lost wages alone can be enough to throw a family into financial despair.

This doesn’t have to be the case, though. Surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for these damages if they are able to prove that their loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another. This can be challenging in the context of a boat accident where there may be a limited number of witnesses, but a skilled legal professional will know how to gather pertinent evidence and craft compelling legal arguments that seek to persuade judges and juries to rule in one’s favor.