Boating and Watercraft Accidents in Las Vegas

September 9th, 2015 by Farhan Naqvi in Boat Accidents

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Many people do not think there are any boating accidents in the landlocked state of Nevada, but that is simply not true. Nevada has many lakes, and in fact a man just died in July in a boating accident on Lake Mohave. There are over 300,000 boats registered to Nevada residents, and if you have been in a boating accident on a body of water near Las Vegas, the experienced boating accident lawyers at Naqvi Injury Law are here to help you.

Have You Been Injured in a Boat or Watercraft Accident?

Nevada has many rivers and lakes, and Lake Mead, Lake Topaz, and Lake Tahoe are also extremely popular tourist destinations. Unfortunately, a fun day on the water in a boat or other watercraft sometimes takes a disastrous turn.

There are many boating regulations that the state of Nevada has enacted, which all boaters must follow. Boaters do not always follow the rules, however, and serious accidents can result. Boating accidents do not only occur due to driver error. Sometimes equipment malfunctions or is defective in the first place. There can be any number of reasons why a boating accident occurs.

Boating While Under the Influence is the Leading Cause of Boating Accidents

Drinking and boating is as dangerous as drinking and driving, and a boat operator can be charged criminally with boating under the influence (“BUI”) if operating a boat with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

Nevada Boating Regulations

There are a number of boating regulations that drivers and passengers have to comply with, including:

  • Boat operators must not drive a boat under the influence of alcohol;
  • Minors age 13 or less must have lifejackets on at all times they are on a boat or other watercraft;
  • Boating education classes are required for anyone born in 1983 or after who wishes to operate a boat that is higher than 15 horsepower;
  • There are posted speed limits that must be obeyed;
  • It is illegal to create a wake if you are in a no-wake zone; and
  • It is not legal to operate a boat or other watercraft during “dangerous” weather conditions.

Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Boating Accident in or Around Las Vegas?

These are just some of the Nevada boating laws that may be relevant in a personal injury claim from a boating or watercraft accident. However, if you or someone you love was injured in a boating accident and any of the above listed conditions was not complied with, you might have a strong personal injury claim.

The lawyers at Naqvi Injury Law are experienced in dealing with personal injury defense lawyers and insurance companies, and can help you obtain a fair settlement and receive the compensation you are entitled to. If you have been injured in a boating accident in or around Las Vegas, call us today for a free consultation.


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