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According to a compilation of boating statistics from the Dept. of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and the Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety, entitled “2012 Recreational Boating Statistics,” this 54th annual report contains statistics on recreational boating accidents and state vessel registration. The data is relevant to all states, The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and elsewhere.

If you were injured in a boating accident that was due to the negligent conduct of another, including another boater, it is essential to protect yourself with the help of a Phoenix boat accident lawyer so that you may have the right to proceed in a personal injury claim which will seek compensation for your injuries, lost income and other related costs.

The Phoenix Law Firm of Curiel and Runion provides aggressive and experienced legal representation to their boating and other clients and offers a free consultation with a Phoenix boating accident lawyer to discuss the details and options of your case.

Boating Data for 2012:

  • Fact: in 2012, the Coast Guard counted 4515 accidents that involved 651 deaths and 3000 injuries.
  • The cost to property was approximately $38 million dollars of damage.
  • The fatality rate was 5.4 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boaters.
  • Almost 71% of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, almost 85% were not reported as wearing a life jacket.
  • Almost 14% of all deaths occurred on boats where the operator had received boating safety instruction.
  • Seven out of every ten boaters who drowned were using vessels less than 21 feet in length.

The Top Five Contributing Causes to Boating Accidents in 2012:

  1. Operator inattention.
  2. Operator inexperience.
  3. Improper lookout.
  4. Machinery failure.
  5. Excessive speed.

Alcohol Use and Boating Accidents in 2012:

  • Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents.
  • It was listed as the leading factor in 17% of deaths.

Children’s Boating Deaths in 2012:

  • 24 children under the age of 13 lost their lives boating in 2012.
  • Ten children or approximately 42% of the children who died in 2012 died from drowning.
  • Two children or 20% of those who drowned were wearing a life jacket as required by state and federal law.



The facts are harsh and hard to swallow. Deaths of little children and adults, even when life jackets were worn and even when they were innocent passengers out for a cruise on a friend or relative’s boat to cool off during the warm summer months. Nevertheless, if you were injured in a boating accident or if a loved one lost their life, it is absolutely vital to speak to a Phoenix boating accident attorney immediately in order to preserve your rights to compensation. When a death occurs that was due to another’s negligent conduct, they must be held accountable for their actions.

The Phoenix accident lawyers of Curiel and Runion represents victims of boating accidents and all other types of accidents. They provide experienced, aggressive, plaintiff-oriented legal representation. There are no legal fees unless the case is successfully settled out of court or victoriously litigated in court. To schedule your complimentary case review, contact The Phoenix Personal Injury Law Firm of Curiel and Runion by calling 602-825-3502.


Data released in May 31, 2013 revealed important trends and statistics pertaining to pedestrian deaths and accidents in Arizona. This highly coveted information, published by the Arizona Dept. of Transportation, will be of enormous help in the ultimate reduction of pedestrian deaths and injuries in future years to come. 

Be that as it may, if you were a pedestrian who was injured by the negligent driving or conduct of another, contact a Phoenix pedestrian accident lawyer as you may be able to seek compensatory damages for your injuries, past and future loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, property damage and other expenses.

The Phoenix Law Firm of Curiel and Runion provides a free case review to discuss the options available to you. 

Data for 2012 in Arizona – Pedestrians Killed and Injured by Age

The information reveals the following:

  • Age group: 0-4, pedestrians killed, 8.
  • Age group: 15-19, pedestrians killed, 10.
  • Age group: 0-4, pedestrians injured, 45.
  • Age group: 15-19, pedestrians injured, 211.
  • Age group: 5-9, pedestrians killed, 5.
  • Age group: 20-24, pedestrians killed, 10.
  • Age group: 5-9, pedestrians injured, 53.
  • Age group: 20-24, pedestrians injured, 145.
  • Age group: 10-14, pedestrians killed, 1.
  • Age group: 25-34, pedestrians killed, 22.
  • Age group: 10-14, pedestrians injured, 109.
  • Age group: 25-34, pedestrians injured, 190.

More Pedestrian Death and Injury Data

As you can see, the number of injuries and deaths generally increases as the age increases.

  • Age group: 35-44, pedestrians killed, 15.
  • Age group: 55-64, pedestrians injured, 137.
  • Age group: 35-44, pedestrians injured, 145.
  • Age group: 65-74, pedestrians killed, 10.
  • Age group: 45-54, pedestrians killed, 19.
  • Age group: 65-74, pedestrians injured, 50.
  • Age group: 45-54, pedestrians injured, 191.
  • Age group: 75 and older: pedestrians killed, 13.
  • Age group: 55-64, pedestrians killed, 23.
  • Age group: 75 and older: pedestrians injured, 34.

Source: Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2012, Information, published May 31, 2013.




If you take a moment to reflect at the statistics above, each number represents an individual who was badly harmed or who lost their life in a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians have absolutely no protection against a 3,000 lb. car or 20,000 lb. truck. Many pedestrian accidents occur when the pedestrian is following the law and crossing at designated crosswalks. Drivers who lose control of their car and crash into multitudes of people or who speed through school zones or who just do not pay attention to the rules or who drive while intoxicated should of course be held accountable for their negligence in a wrongful death or personal injury claim.

The Phoenix accident lawyers of Curiel and Runion, PLC offer professional, attentive and aggressive legal counsel, seeking the highest amount of damages possible for pedestrians and other clients who have been injured by negligent drivers. There are no legal fees unless your case is successfully settled prior to trial or if it is successfully litigated in a court of law. To schedule your complimentary case review, contact The Phoenix Personal Injury Law Firm of Curiel and Runion at 602-825-3502.


Falls are a significant cause of death and injury in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury, and 17,000 die from slip and falls every year.

“Slip and fall” describes an injury that is incurred due to the negligence of another person while on that person’s property. Although many premises liability injuries occur while at work, some of them happen in grocery stores when spills are left unattended and in various other scenarios such as at restaurants, hotels, retail stores and homes. If you’ve been injured due to a slip and fall accident caused by the negligence of others, contact our Phoenix slip and fall accident lawyers for a free consultation.

Slip and Fall Injuries can lead to Serious Damage, including:

  • Spinal cord injuries.
  • Internal organ injuries.
  • Herniated discs.
  • Brain injuries.
  • Broken bones.
  • Sprains.
  • Lacerations.
  • Scarring and disfigurement.

If you’ve suffered injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall-accident in Phoenix caused by an unsafe condition, you will often be able to recover compensation for your damages. You may have heard incorrectly that the owner of the property where the fall took place is automatically responsible. While it is the legal responsibility of every owner of property accessible to the public to maintain their premises in a safe condition, you must be able to prove, through your lawyer, that

  • The fall resulted from an unsafe condition.
  • The resulting injury was serious.
  • The owner of the property was responsible for allowing the condition to exist.
  • The fall was the cause of actual, demonstrable damages to you.

You will need to document the monetary losses, such as medical bills and lost earnings, and prescriptions, and other related expenses, such as the cost of household help, transportation to doctor appointments, and other out-of-pocket costs. In addition, you should be able to show evidence of your non-economic damages. These are harder to place a dollar amount on, for example pain and suffering, disability, loss or enjoyment of life, disfigurement, and so forth.


When you’ve suffered a serious injury in a fall, don’t be surprised if the insurance company for the property owner denies your claim. Many insurance companies deny nearly all slip-and-fall accident claims, attempting to blame the victim for causing their own injuries. It is essential that you retain a Phoenix personal injury attorney with experience in slip-and-fall claims to represent you when doing battle with the property owner’s insurance company. Without a knowledgeable and skilled legal professional on your side, you’ll be at a significant disadvantage when trying to deal with an insurance adjuster.
When you hire the Phoenix slip and fall accident attorneys at Curiel and Runion to advocate on your behalf following a slip-and-fall injury, you’ll deal directly with your attorney, not a paralegal. We’ll immediately begin to take steps to protect your legal rights and will keep you informed and involved, every step of the way. We’ll promptly begin an investigation to identify proof that the property owner or manager’s negligence caused the accident. We’ll need to determine
  • How the dangerous condition occurred.
  • Whether the property owner or operator was aware of the condition.
  • How long the condition existed.
  • Whether any similar accidents have occurred at the property.
  • If there is any record of violations of code, laws, safety standards, or other regulations at the property.
We’ll document the circumstances of the accident by taking photos of the scene, interviewing any witnesses, and researching records of prior incidents involving safety violations at the premises. We’ll gather medical and employment records, proof of out-of pocket expenses, and evidence to demonstrate your non-economic damages.


Sometimes prospective clients are concerned about the cost of hiring an experienced personal injury attorney, but at Curiel and Runion, that’s never a problem. We’ll take your valid slip-and-fall case on a contingency retainer. We’ll front all the work and expenses, and you’ll only pay us if and when we win money for you.

Call Curiel and Runion today for your free consultation at 602-825-3502.

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