While the use of personal watercraft and boats can be fun and exhilarating, it can also be very dangerous. Boating accidents occur on waterways all over the country for a wide-range of reasons.
Although we live in a desert, Arizona often ranks in the top five states, nationally, for annual boat accidents and jet ski injuries. At Gage Mathers, we have seen a variety of devastating injuries, on various waterways, caused by a large variety of acts of negligence.
According to Arizona Game and Fish, some of the most dangerous local water bodies in terms of boating and jet ski accidents include Lake Mohave, the Middle Colorado River (particularly from Davis Dam to I-40), Lake Pleasant, Lake Havasu, and Lake Powell.
According to published studies, the most common waterway injuries involve:
- Collisions between vessels
- Water skiing accidents
- Boat grounding
- Collisions with fixed objects
- Falls overboard
- Boat capsizing
At Gage Mathers, our experience has been that negligence is often the cause of boating and jet ski injuries, including:
- Operator inexperience or error
- Alcohol-related mistakes
- Overcrowded waters
- Passenger distraction
- Failure to take weather into account
- Failure to abide by maritime navigation rules
- Overloaded boat