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Who Is Liable If You Are Injured While Camping in Arizona?

Posted on March 5, 2023 in

Camping is an exciting outdoor activity that many people enjoy in Arizona. However, it is not without risks. Accidents can happen when you are doing things different from your usual routine, and injuries often occur while camping. In such situations, people often wonder who is liable for their injuries, themselves or some third party who was possibly negligent in some way. This is where a skilled and experienced attorney comes in: we can help people injured while camping in Arizona find the best path towards fair compensation or understanding the potential for success of any such claim. We offer a free evaluation of your injury claim.

At Jensen Phelan Law Firm, we have successfully helped our clients secure fair compensation for their injuries from various personal injury claims, including those for injuries sustained while camping. Our attorneys have over 65 years of combined experience, so we understand how challenging pursuing personal injury claims can be. We are proud to offer top-quality legal services to help them successfully navigate their claims.

Liability for Camping Injuries in Arizona

The liability for camping injuries in Arizona depends on several factors, including the circumstances surrounding how and where the injury occurred and who caused it. Generally, if the injury is caused by a third party, such as another camper or a camping facility owner, the injured person may be able to hold them liable for their injuries. 

To know for sure who is liable for your injuries, it’s essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Experienced negligence and injury lawyers have the skills, resources, and expertise to accurately determine who is liable for your injuries and help you recover full and fair compensation if your case has merit.

Camping Facilities

Camping facilities, such as campsites and RV parks, have a duty to make sure their premises are safe for their guests (and/or warn of known dangers). If a camping facility fails to meet this duty and a camper is injured as a result, the camping facility may be held liable for the camper’s injuries. For example, if a camper is injured due to a dangerous condition on the camping facility’s property, such as a broken staircase or a slippery floor, the camping facility may be held liable for the camper’s injuries.

Third-Party Campers

If a camper is injured by another camper, the injured camper may be able to hold the responsible camper liable for their injuries. For example, if a camper is injured due to another camper’s reckless behavior, such as setting a fire too close to other campers’ tents, the responsible camper may be held liable for the injured camper’s injuries.

Government Campsites

In Arizona, many campsites are located on public lands managed by the government. If a camper is injured on government-managed land, the injured camper may be able to hold the government agency responsible for their injuries. However, holding a government agency liable for injuries in Arizona is more challenging. The following is part of the Arizona statutes that control injury claims on another’s recreational campsite, etc.:

33-1551. Duty of owner, lessee or occupant of premises to recreational users or educational users; liability; definitions

  1. A public or private owner, easement holder, lessee, tenant, manager or occupant of premises is not liable to a recreational user or educational user except on a showing that the owner, easement holder, lessee, tenant, manager or occupant was guilty of wilful, malicious or grossly negligent conduct that was a direct cause of the injury to the recreational user or educational user. A recreational user or educational user accepts the risks created by the user’s activities and shall exercise reasonable care in those activities.
  2. A landowner, easement holder, lessee, tenant manager or occupant of private or public land is not liable for damages in any civil action for unknown conditions on the land. Installing a sign or other form of warning of a dangerous condition, use, structure or activity, or any modification made for the purpose of improving the safety of others, or failing to maintain or keep in place any sign, other form of warning or any modification made to improve safety does not create liability on the part of an owner, easement holder, lessee, tenant manager or occupant of land if there is no other basis for that liability.

To succeed with a liability claim against a campground owner, you must prove much more than ordinary negligence, you must prove that the property owner or manager is guilty of wilful, malicious or grossly negligent conduct that was a direct cause of the injury to the recreational user or educational user.” That level of proof is much more difficult, and most definitely requires a very good lawyer.

Retain an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today 

Camping injuries in Arizona can be complex, and liability depends on several factors. Therefore, it’s essential to have a skilled attorney thoroughly examine the circumstances that led to your injuries. Furthermore, understanding the extent and impact of your injuries is key to properly estimating the value of your claim.

Jensen Phelan Law Firm is a personal injury firm committed to securing the best possible results for our clients. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing exceptional and personalized legal services and representation to make sure that our clients get the fair compensation they deserve. We offer a free assessment of your cases and an explanation of your rights so that you make the best and most informed decisions about your claim. Contact our firm today by completing our online contact form or calling (928) 778-2660.