Boat accidents occur in a number of different ways — from multi-boat collisions to people sustaining serious injuries as a result of dangerous conditions on the craft. In some cases, boat accidents result in relatively minor injuries. However, in other cases, a boat accident may lead to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), a spinal cord injury, or even a fatality.
All boat owners and operators must take the proper precautions to ensure that conditions are reasonably safe for all passengers. When they fail to do so, they can be held legally liable for negligence. In Nevada, the overwhelming majority of boat accidents could and should have been prevented with proper care. Some of the most common types of negligence that result in boat accidents include:
- An untrained or undertrained boat operator;
- Distraction or inattentive operation of the boat;
- Drunk or impaired boat operation;
- Operating the boat dangerously high speeds;
- Making unsafe, unreasonable turns;
- Violation of common navigational safety rules;
- Lack of adequate life vests on board;
- Lack of boat maintenance;
- Other dangerous conditions on the boat; and
- Negligent manufacturing.
To prevail in a boating accident claim in Nevada, a plaintiff must prove fault. As a general rule, this means that you are required to prove that the boat owner or operator’s negligence contributed to the accident. Every boat accident requires a careful and comprehensive investigation. Our Las Vegas, NV boat accident lawyers will investigate your accident — securing all of the relevant evidence that is needed to build a successful personal injury case.