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BOATING ACCIDENTS AND PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

Boating on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave is one of the more popular activities found in Southern Nevada. With more than 290 square miles of waterway to navigate, many boaters enjoy the thrill of the open water or relaxing in a private cove.  Safe boating is the aim of all boaters and comes from education, training and experience.  However, even the most seasoned boaters can be involved in an accident on the water.

Nevada Division of Wildlife:

The Nevada Division of Wildlife (“NDOW”) is the boating safety, education and enforcement agency for the State of Nevada.  The boating safety office is responsible for boating education, safety and law enforcement. Our ultimate goal is to create a safe boating environment and experience for Nevada boaters.

NDOW recommends following these simple do’s and dont’s of boating safety to help you chart a safe course towards the fun and excitement of recreational boating:

DO wear a life jacket.  Life Jackets–They Float–You Don’t.

DON’T mix alcohol and boating.

DO observe the nautical rules-of-the-road.

DON’T stand in a small boat.

DO check the weather forecast before getting underway.

DON’T overload your boat.

DO file a Float Plan.

DO keep a good lookout.

These suggestions are constant reminders of one very important thing in regards to boating safety, USE COMMON SENSE

Common Boat Accident Causes:

Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 19% of deaths.  

Where instruction was known, 81% of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. Only 14% percent of deaths occurred on vessels where the operator had received a nationally-approved boating safety education certificate.  

There were 172 accidents in which at least one person was struck by a propeller. Collectively, these accidents resulted in 31 deaths and 162 injuries.

Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.  Where data was known, the most common vessel types involved in reported accidents were open motorboats (46%), personal watercraft (18%), and cabin motorboats (16%).

What To Do After a Boating Accident

Even though you cannot control the decisions others make on the water, you can be prepared by wearing a life jacket and doing your part to stay attentive.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident due to the negligence of another, we suggest to always seek the proper medical treatment post-accident to properly diagnose your injuries. For all personal Injury claims, we advise that you see a medical specialist to determine the extent of your injuries as many injuries go undetected initially. In the case of a boat accident, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to advocate for your rights.

Negligent acts may take place in different forms and our attorneys understand that under state and federal laws, boat owners and operators are required to maintain their property.

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It is extremely crucial to preserve all evidence from the accident. The operator of a vessel involved in an accident is required to file a report in writing whenever an accident results in loss of life; loss of consciousness, medical treatment or disability in excess of 24 hours or property damage in excess of $2000.  Reports in death and injury cases must be submitted within 48 hours; reports in other cases (property damage) are required within 10 days.

Hiring our attorneys will allow you to recover while we take over all communication between liable parties. If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident, please contact our office (add email) today.

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