Las Vegas Boating Accident Lawyer

Las Vegas Boating Accident Attorney

When most people think of Nevada, especially the Las Vegas area, boating may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to ways to pass the time in the area. However, there are several locations around Las Vegas for boating, and many residents and visitors enjoy the water on a regular basis. However, boating accidents can unfortunately occur unexpectedly in many different ways, and it’s essential to know what to do if you experience this type of accident.

Helping Las Vegas Clients Recover From Boating Accidents

A boating accident is a type of vehicle accident, and many of the same legal rules apply when it comes to resolving these accident claims. However, boating accidents can potentially result in a wide range of catastrophic or fatal injuries, and determining liability for these accidents can be more challenging than it is for motor vehicle collisions on land. Therefore, if you intend to pursue any kind of legal action in response to a boating accident in Las Vegas, it is crucial to know your options for handling your case effectively.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton comprise a team of seasoned attorneys with years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims in Las Vegas, including those arising from boating accidents. We know all of the legal challenges your case may present and how to help you overcome these obstacles effectively. Whatever your situation entails, you can rest assured our team’s professional resources and experience will be at your full disposal through every stage of your recovery efforts.

Las Vegas Boating Accident Lawyer

Proving Liability for Your Boating Accident in Las Vegas

The first challenge anyone will face in their efforts to recover from an accident that someone else caused is proving the exact cause of the accident and identifying the party or parties responsible. Boating accidents can happen in many ways, including:

  • Accidents caused by alcohol or drug use. It is illegal for a boat operator to take control of a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The same rules for driving under the influence (DUI) apply to boats as they do for motor vehicles. If the operator of your boat was intoxicated when they caused your accident they are likely to face prosecution along with liability for your damages.
  • Wake-related accidents. Many of the boating accidents that occur in the Las Vegas area result from violations of no-wake zones. The wake behind the boat is the wave created by the boat’s movement through the water. If a boat is moving too quickly and creates a large wake, it could potentially cause an accident with another vessel or cause injury to nearby swimmers.
  • Fires on vessels. Boat operators must ensure their vessels are free from fire hazards before casting off; they must also have fire extinguishers and other precautionary safety equipment on board.
  • Drowning accidents. If a boat operator hits a swimmer they may cause the victim to fall unconscious, slipping beneath the water’s surface and drowning. It’s also possible for a boat operator to face liability for a drowning injury if such an injury occurs because they failed to ensure proper flotation devices and lifejackets were on board.
  • Boat collisions. A boat operator has a legal duty to ensure they do not crash into other vessels. When boat accidents of this nature occur, determining fault will follow the same basis used to determine fault for motor vehicle accidents on land.

No matter how your boating accident happened in Nevada, before you can secure any type of compensation, you must prove the defendant directly caused the accident in question and your claimed damages. Again, your Las Vegas boating accident attorney will be invaluable for helping you gather the evidence needed to firmly establish fault for the incident.

Compensation for Your Boating Accident Damages in Las Vegas

Once your attorney has helped you prove fault for your boating accident, they will then assist you in proving the full scope of the damages you suffered due to the defendant’s actions. Under the state’s personal injury laws, the plaintiff has the right to seek compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses. If another party physically injured you, they assume liability for the cost of any and all medical care you need to recover. This includes both immediate health care expenses and future health care expenses if your injuries demand long-term treatment and rehabilitative care of any kind.
  • Lost income. The injuries you suffered in your boating accident may have left you unable to work for an extended period. The defendant is liable for the income you are unable to earn during this time, and this includes the value of any accrued time off from work you were forced to use.
  • Lost future income potential. Unfortunately, some boating accidents result in catastrophic injuries that permanently disable victims. If you cannot return to your previous job and must take lower-paying work due to your injuries, or if your injuries have left you unable to return to work at all, the defendant is liable for the income you can no longer earn in the future because of their actions.
  • Property losses. If the defendant’s actions resulted in the loss of any personal property, you can hold them accountable for the value of all property lost in your boating accident.
  • Pain and suffering. State law does not limit or restrict pain and suffering compensation in most personal injury claims. This means that if you suffered any severe injury resulting in long-term or permanent harm, the pain and suffering compensation you receive could amount to more than the total of your economic losses.

Ultimately, your boating accident claim could help you recover more compensation than you initially anticipated at the outset of your recovery efforts. When you choose Easton & Easton to represent you in your case, you can expect responsive, personalized legal counsel through every phase of your proceedings. We have helped many Las Vegas area clients recover from unexpected injuries caused by the negligence and intentional misconduct of others, and we are ready to put this experience to work for you in your boating accident claim.

 Las Vegas Boat Accident Lawyer FAQs

Q: What Is the First Action Required in a Boating Accident in Nevada?

A: Whenever any type of boating accident happens, the boat operator has a legal responsibility to stop the vessel immediately and check everyone on board for injuries. Emergency services should be contacted immediately, both to report the accident and to arrange medical care for the injured. Failure to meet this requirement could lead to criminal charges for the boat operator along with liability for any civil damages they cause.

Q: Do I Really Need to Hire a Las Vegas Boating Accident Attorney?

A: Technically, no, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages without the help of an attorney. However, it is vital to understand the potential value of having experienced legal counsel on your side for a boating accident claim. If you tried to handle your case on your own, you would be forced to do so while also managing your medical needs, and you could overlook avenues of recovery, settling for less than you rightfully deserve.

Q: Will the Party Responsible for My Boat Accident Go to Jail?

A: It is possible for the party responsible for causing your boat accident to face criminal prosecution based on how they caused the accident. The most common cause of boating accidents that lead to criminal charges is operating under the influence, which constitutes grounds for a DUI charge. The penalties for DUI with any vehicle or vessel include driver’s license suspension, fines, restitution to victims, and possibly jail time.

Q: How Much Compensation Can I Win for a Boating Accident Claim?

A: It’s possible to recover the full amount of your economic losses resulting from the accident as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced. Remember that you have the right to claim compensation for both your immediate economic losses as well as those that have not yet been realized, such as the cost of future medical care you require and lost future earning capacity.

Q: How Expensive Is It to Hire Las Vegas Boating Accident Personal Injury Lawyers?

A: When you choose Easton & Easton as your attorneys, legal representation will be more affordable than you may initially assume. We take personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning our client only pays a fee once we win their case. If we are unable to win compensation on their behalf, the client pays nothing, and any fee we take is a percentage of the amount recovered on the client’s behalf.

The attorneys at Easton & Easton have a strong professional record of successful personal injury claims for Las Vegas area clients, and we have helped many of our clients overcome very challenging civil cases. We’re ready to put this experience to work in your boat accident claim. The sooner you hire our firm to represent you, the sooner we can start guiding you toward the recovery you rightfully deserve. If you are ready to learn more about your options for legal action in this situation, contact us today and schedule your case review with a Las Vegas boating accident attorney you can trust.

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