One man has died following a jet-ski collision at Canyon Lake on Saturday.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash just after 9:30 a.m. One of the riders was taken to an aid station but was pronounced dead there.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the scene has been cleared and the crash is being described as a tragic accident because both riders knew each other.
Alcohol and drugs do not seem to be factors contributing to the crash, but the investigation is ongoing.
WATER LIABILITY: Yes, it exists.
All day every day, we have a responsibility (the law calls it a "duty") to act reasonably to avoid causing harm to others. When we fail to do so (I.e. paying more attention to our phone than the road) and harm results to another, the law call that "negligence".
Negligence in causing harm to others on the road makes the wrongdoer responsible for the harm caused (the law calls this "liability").
The rules are the exact same on the lakes and rivers in Arizona. If someone is negligent and causes another harm, then he is liable to pay for the harm.
What happened on Canyon Lake? We don't know enough from these facts, but the investigation will bear out the truth.
Is there anyone liable for the death of this jet skier? Time will tell.