Whether you take day trips to Lake Mead or you enjoy spending time at any other local lake or marina, you have your pick of water activities around Nevada. Water toys such as boats and personal watercraft add to the fun, but they also have the potential for danger if they are used irresponsibly. Our Las Vegas boat accident lawyers know that negligence or carelessness out on the water can cause serious injury.
The U.S. Coast Guard reports that although boating accidents in the United States have declined in recent years, the numbers of people who are injured or killed are still significant. 2013 data showed over 2,600 injuries and 560 fatalities. Collisions with other vehicles and with fixed objects were among the top five types of crashes. Causes related to careless or reckless behaviors included the following:
- Driving while distracted
- Failure to keep a proper lookout
- Inexperienced operator
- Exceeding appropriate speeds
- Alcohol use
Faulty equipment can also be a factor in an injury out on the water. If your watercraft is defective, your vessel could capsize or become stranded in inclement weather. Carbon monoxide poisoning, fuel and electrical fires, and hull failure can also cause accidents and fatalities. In these cases, the manufacturer could be held liable for damages as well as any company you hire to maintain or service your boat. The liability rests on proving that one or more of these parties are responsible. Therefore, after any boating accident, our Summerlin boat accident lawyers will recommend that the boat should be inspected by an expert.
Relief from financial burdens
If you are struck or run over by a boat or personal watercraft, you may sustain lacerations, broken bones, bruises and sprains from the collision or contact with propellers. However, more serious injuries such as amputations, burns, concussions and spinal injuries can leave you with permanent disabilities or disfigurement.
Negligence out on the water can be every bit as devastating as the motor vehicle accidents that occur on land. At the George T. Bochanis Law Offices, our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys know that financial burdens from medical costs and lost wages or the loss of a provider can increase the emotional pain and suffering you have already experienced. We care about your personal injury case, and work to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation entitled to you by law.
Our attorneys are also available to represent those who suffer in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, taxi cab accidents, uninsured/underinsured accidents and wrongful death, as well as pedestrian and bicycle injury crashes. Contact us for a free consultation today at (702) 388-2005.