Boat Accidents

Reno Boating Accident Lawyer

Were you injured in a watercraft or boat accident?

If you were injured in a boating accident, a Reno personal injury attorney from Shook & Stone can fight for you. There are plenty of lakes and rivers in the state of Nevada such as Lake Mead, Lake Topaz and Lake Tahoe. These and others are favored tourist destinations as well as popular destinations for Nevada residents. Unfortunately, the fun and relaxation that can come with a trip to the river can soon turn devastating.

There are a number of factors that could contribute to a boat accident. There is the possibility that the boating equipment was defective, either due to faulty maintenance or an inherent product defect. Maybe your accident was caused by a careless boater who was not in compliance with Nevada boating laws. Whatever the case, trust our firm to fight for your right to maximum compensation after a boating accident.

BUI: Intoxicated Boaters & Serious Accidents

Drinking and boating is illegal, but it is a common practice in Nevada. Much link drinking and operating car, drunk boating is incredibly dangerous and can result in serious accidents. In fact, one of the largest sections of the Nevada boating laws is the section that deals with boating under the influence (§ 488.400-§ 488.520). If a boater is charged with a BUI, they can face criminal and administrative penalties such as jail time and license suspension. If a drunk boater caused an accident and ensuing injury, they could also face civil penalties from the victims. There is truly no excuse for any kind of drinking and boating, so if you were injured in an accident caused by an intoxicated boater, the Reno boating accident lawyers at our firm can step in and fight for you.

Boating Regulations: Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 488

The state of Nevada boating regulations can be found in the Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 488. These statutes are enforced by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (DOW) as well as local law enforcement. These regulations are in place to foster a safe boating environment for all lake-goers. Listed below are some of the most prominent Nevada boating laws that passengers and drivers must comply with:

  • It is illegal for a child under 13 to ride on a watercraft without a life jacket on.
  • Boating education courses are mandatory for anyone who wishes to operate a boat with more than 15 horsepower on a Nevada waterway (For those born in or after 1983).
  • Boating while under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug is illegal.
  • When towing people behind a vessel (skiers, etc.), someone inside the vessel must use an orange flag to indicate when a skier is "down."
  • Operation of a vessel within 100 feet of a flag is prohibited.
  • Speeding is illegal, and boaters must be mindful not to operate their watercraft at a speed that would create a wake in a no-wake zone.

Discuss your case with an attorney from Shook & Stone. We can evaluate your case to determine whether or not breaking one of the Nevada boating laws was a factor in your case.

Secure a Reno boat accident attorney for your case!

If you or someone you love was injured in a boat accident, then we encourage you to discuss your case with a Reno boating lawyer at Shook & Stone. Our firm will take on boat accident cases for victims who suffered injuries due to the negligent, careless or even illegal actions of others. When you call us for a free evaluation of your case, you can explain the details of the incident to us. We will advise you as to whether or not legal action is necessary.

If you are entitled to a personal injury claim, then we will pursue maximum financial compensation on your behalf. This compensation could go toward paying medical expenses, rehabilitative expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma and even wrongful death compensation if your loved one was killed in a boating accident. To learn more about how our firm can help, please contact our Reno boat accident attorneys today!

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