Boat Accidents

There are many boating opportunities for residents of Las Vegas including Lake Mead, Lake Topaz and the Colorado River. It is inevitable that, with the number of boaters in Nevada, there are going to be accidents. Motorboats represent 46% of all accidents, personal watercraft 22% and cabin boats 32%.

Causes of boating accidents include inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, improper lookout and alcohol. The Coast Guard reported 4,730 accident involving 736 death, 3,358 injuries and approximately $36 million in property damage as a result of recreational boating accidents. Coast Guard statistics show that for every 100,000 registered boats, there are 5.8 deaths.

Intoxicated boating leads to many accidents on the water. Nevada water destinations such as Lake Mead attract many visitors, on and in the water. The use of alcohol or drugs while operating a boat, jet ski, pontoon or other watercraft can impair your judgement leading to a variety of accidents waiting to happen. These accidents include:

  • Running over swimmers or skiers. Boaters need to look out for more than just other vessels. Swimmers and skiers in the water are difficult to see with a clear mind. An intoxicated boater can easily overlook one of these people and run over them, leading to severe injuries – deep lacerations, head injuries, broken bones – or death.
  • Collisions with other craft. While Lake Mead has plenty of space, a chemically impaired boater may end up crashing with another boat or jet ski. This not only causes property damage, it could end up with a sunken vessel, catastrophic injuries or death.

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A few rules to keep you and your family safe on the water

While you may enjoy the waters and natural beauty of areas such as Lake Mead or the Colorado River, the Nevada Department of Wildlife enforces regulations to protect all passengers and drivers on the water. These include:

  • Children younger than 13 years of age must always wear approved life jackets on the water vessel. On Lake Mead, a federal lands area, children younger than 12 must wear an approved personal flotation device at all times.
  • Intoxicated operation of a watercraft is illegal.
  • You may not operate a boat within 100 feet of an orange “down” water skier flag.
  • All posted speeds must be followed.
  • Operating a boat or other water vessel in dangerous weather conditions is prohibited.

If you’ve been the victim of someone who has violated these rules and caused you injury, speak with a Nevada boat accident attorney about your options for compensation. Keeping yourself afloat through the storm of medical treatment expenses, lost wages or lost ability to ever work again, and other pain and suffering is difficult without the help of an experienced boating accident attorney.

Clients of the attorneys at Day & Nance in Henderson, NV have found peace of mind through thoughtful legal assistance. You work directly with them, unlike other firms that pass you off to assistants or junior attorneys. Your boating accident is treated with compassion and urgency your case demands.

Boat Accident Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV

Don’t wait to do something about your boating accident injuries. Speak with an attorney. Day & Nance’s AV preeminent Las Vegas personal injury attorneys will work with you to build your case for compensation. Standing up for your right to compensation is a no-risk proposition, because you don’t pay unless our attorneys recover a payout for your injuries. Contact Day & Nance in Henderson, NV through this website or by calling our office to set up your no-obligation, free consultation.