There are plenty of boating opportunities around Las Vegas, popular with both residents and visitors alike. However, boating accidents can lead to serious injuries, and they often occur due to another person’s negligent behavior. At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, our Las Vegas boat accident lawyers will investigate the boat incident and work to secure the compensation you need. Call our Las Vegas boating accident attorneys if you or someone you know has been injured and needs help.
The team at Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers are committed to supporting our clients as they rebuild their lives after serious injuries. We give every case the attention necessary to recover maximum compensation on your behalf.
One of the most difficult aspects of a boating accident case is determining who is at fault. In these cases, there may be multiple parties to blame. Your Las Vegas boating accident lawyer will work to obtain all of the evidence necessary to win your case. This includes:
Using the evidence gathered, your attorney will negotiate with legal teams and insurers to gain the compensation you truly deserve.
You may be able to recover the following types of compensation after a boating accident if you can establish that another party’s negligence was responsible.
Compensation for actual financial losses, such as:
Compensation for subjective losses that do not have a monetary value, for instance:
This type of compensation is rarely awarded and is only granted in cases involving an at-fault party who exhibited an extreme disregard for the safety of others.
The US Coast Guard gathers data on all boating crashes in the country. During the latest reporting year, there were 4,291 boating accidents. Out of those, there were 2,629 injuries and 658 deaths. In Nevada, there have been hundreds of boating accidents, many of them causing severe injuries and multiple fatalities.
Boating accidents are usually preventable, and the Coast Guard says that many occur due to:
Injuries from these crashes can be severe, and it is not uncommon for our Las Vegas boating accident lawyers to help clients suffering from the following:
These injuries range in severity and can lead to major expenses for victims and their families, including lost income if a victim cannot work due to their injuries.
Nevada has various boating regulations in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the water. Some of those regulations include the following:
Nevada requires all boat operators born after January 1, 1983, to have a valid boater education card. This requirement applies to both residents and non-residents.
Those operating a personal watercraft (PWC) must be at least 14 years of age. If the vessel is towing a person on waterskis, a surfboard, or any other device, the operator must be 16 years old or 14 with a person on board who is at least 18.
Every person on board a vessel must have a USCG-approved life jacket that fits them properly and is readily accessible. Children under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket at all times while the vessel is underway unless they are in an enclosed cabin.
Speed limits vary depending on the body of water, but in general, vessels must maintain a safe speed that is reasonable for the conditions and does not create a wake that could cause damage to other boats or shorelines.
Boats must display proper navigation lights between sunset and sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility, such as fog or heavy rain.
It is illegal to operate a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08%, similar to driving a vehicle.
Boaters are required to take steps to prevent the spread of invasive species by cleaning their boats and removing any vegetation or other materials that may be clinging to the boat or its trailer.
Boaters must avoid operating their vessels during dangerous weather conditions. They are recommended to monitor weather conditions before setting out on the water and take appropriate precautions to ensure their safety.
In Nevada, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims arising from boating accidents is two years from the date of the injury. If compensation is not pursued within this two-year period, the injured person will likely lose their right to seek compensation for their injuries. There are some exceptions to this deadline, but they are rare.
For example, if the injured person was a minor at the time of the accident, the two-year period may be extended until they reach the age of 18. Additionally, the statute of limitations may be extended if the boat owner or operator acted with fraud or intentional misconduct.
If you are involved in a boat accident, it is critical to take the following steps:
Following these steps can help protect your legal rights and ensure that you recover the compensation you need after a boat accident.
In Nevada, boating accidents must be reported if they result in a death, disappearance, injury beyond first aid, or property damage exceeding $2,000. The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) should receive notice of an incident within 48 hours. Additionally, any boating accident that involves a fatality, disappearance, or injury beyond first aid must also be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard immediately.
To report a boating accident in Nevada, contact NDOW at (775) 688-1549 or (775) 688-1547. You will be asked to provide information such as the date, time, and location of the accident, the type of vessel involved, and the names and contact information of the parties involved. Failure to report a boating accident as required by law can result in penalties and fines. Additionally, failure to report an accident could limit your ability to pursue legal action if you later decide to seek compensation for your injuries and other related losses.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating incident that was caused by another person’s reckless or careless actions, seek legal assistance today. At Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers, our skilled and experienced team will investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you need. This could include:
When you need a Las Vegas boating accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at (702) 384-1414 or toll-free at 1 (800) 393-2350.