Fatal Lake Havasu Boating Accidents Attributed to Alcohol Use

Lake Havasu is a popular vacation spot during the summer months with many people coming out to spend time on their boats. But, according to an article in Today’s News-Herald, a day on the water can turn deadly if you’ve had too much to drink.

Lake Havasu and the Colorado River are ranked fourth in the top 10 deadliest waters in the United States with the use of alcohol being the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. According to the U.S. Coastguard’s Recreational Boating Statistics 2009 report, there were 12.7 million registered boats in the country. There were 4,730 reported boating accidents with 736 fatalities and 3,358 people injured nationwide. Other factors that contributed to boat-related crashes included improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and operator inattention.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is working with local, state and federal government agencies to set up checkpoints on Lake Havasu to ensure that boaters are not operating under the influence (OUI) of alcohol or drugs. According to the article, an AZGFD official has said that since the checkpoints have been in place, he has seen more designated boat drivers, which leads him to believe that the checkpoints are working.

While boating is an enjoyable activity, far too many people are injured or killed each year on America’s lakes and rivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a boating accident in Arizona, the experienced Phoenix boat accident injury attorneys at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. can help you. You should not have to face physical, emotional or financial challenges alone because of someone else’s negligence. Our dedicated Arizona personal injury lawyers understand the complex laws that surround Arizona boating accident injury and can inform you of your rights and help you make the best decision for you and your family. To learn more about Breyer Law Offices, P.C., call (602) 978-6400 to schedule a free consultation.

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