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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) reports that there were 4,439 boat accidents involving 658 deaths and 2,641 injuries in a recent year, as well as $67.5 million in property damage. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Nevada was the most accident-prone state in the nation, with almost 130 boat crashes resulting in death, injury, or property damage per 100,000 registered boat owners each year, just ahead of Utah with 126 and Arizona with 104 crashes per 100,000 registrations.
Boat accidents are extremely confusing personal injury claims for people to handle because liability is not always clear, and there can be many other challenges for people in obtaining financial compensation for injuries.
A Las Vegas boat accident lawyer will be incredibly important to any person who suffers injuries in a boat accident because legal representation often helps individuals understand their rights and the proper steps to take in these cases. Never wait to reach out to Cloward Trial Lawyers for help.
The USCG states that when the cause of death is known, 81 percent of victims drown in boat accidents, and 83 percent of those victims were not wearing life jackets. Alcohol use is the lead known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, listed as a leading factor in 16 percent of cases.
Other common causes of boat accidents include:
A boat accident has the potential to cause very serious injuries in some cases, and people may face prolonged periods of hospitalization as well as several months or even years of rehabilitation. Among the most common injuries, boat accidents often have the potential to cause such injuries as:
There are several areas in and around Las Vegas in which people may use recreational boats. Lake Mead is a reservoir formed by the Hoover Dam located in Nevada and Arizona, and it is the largest reservoir in the US in terms of water capacity. You can find Incident Reports extracted from National Park Service (NPS) Morning Reports and Coalition Reports from 1989 to 2023 online.
Other common boating locations in the Las Vegas area may include:
If you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or any other accident, you need the services of a dedicated Las Vegas personal injury law firm to ensure that your rights are protected.
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If a person is involved in a boat accident, they can usually seek financial compensation, known as damages. Compensatory damages often involve both economic damages and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages relate to a person’s actual losses that can be proven and calculated. Examples often include:
Noneconomic damages will not be quantifiable. Some of the different kinds of these damages can include:
A boat accident that causes a wrongful death can lead to such damages as:
There may also be a case for punitive damages or exemplary damages, although these types of awards are much rarer. Punitive damages can be awarded in cases involving negligent parties engaging in oppression, fraud, or malice under NRS § 42.005.
Fraud is defined as the intentional misrepresentation, deception, or concealment of a material fact known to a person and made with the intent to deprive another of their rights or property or otherwise injure them. Malice is conduct intended to injure a person or despicable conduct that is engaged in with a conscious disregard for the rights or safety of others.
Oppression is despicable conduct subjecting a person to cruel and unjust hardship with conscious disregard for their rights. Conscious disregard means the knowledge of the probable harmful consequences of a wrongful act and a willful and deliberate failure to act to avoid those consequences.
Under NRS § 42.005, punitive damages may not exceed three times the amount of compensatory damages awarded to a person if the amount of compensatory damages is $100,000 or more, or $300,000 when the amount of compensatory damages awarded to a person is less than $100,000. There will be no limit on punitive damages, however, when a driver is convicted of a DUI offense.
Did you sustain serious injuries, or was your loved one killed in any kind of boat accident in the greater Las Vegas area? Make sure that you seek the help of Cloward Trial Lawyers because we have a record of success in handling these types of claims, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you are able to recover every dollar of compensation you are entitled to.
Our firm will represent you on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to worry about paying us anything unless we win or settle your case. Call (702) 605-5000 or contact our Las Vegas boat accident attorneys online for a free consultation.
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When car accident victims in Las Vegas sustain injuries, they are oftentimes unsure of where to go or what to do. One of the most important steps you can take following a car accident is to retain skilled legal representation as soon as possible.
At Cloward Trial Lawyers, we can address all of your legal questions and concerns and advocate for you every step of the way. What follows are the answers to some common questions that arise in the wake of a Las Vegas car crash.
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Boat accidents are often highly confusing situations for people to navigate. Some of the important steps people will want to be sure they take will include:
Nevada state law makes it illegal for a person to engage in the negligent or reckless operation of a vessel, to operate in an exclusion area, overload a vessel, fail to use engine cut-off switches (ECOS), fail to maintain improper speeds or distances, operating in unsafe conditions, and failure to follow navigational rules. Nevada also prohibits people from operating vessels while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Every vessel must have a Type I, II, or III personal floatation device (PFD) onboard and readily accessible for every person on a vessel.
A negligence claim will often depend on the type of accident a person was involved in. A collision with another vessel will usually lead to a claim filed against another operator. When boats enter turbulent waters and cause passenger injuries, the operators may be liable. If boats strike rocks or other submerged objects, operators can again be liable. Failure to have proper safety equipment on board can also make an operator liable.
Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, includes the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Maintenance and Cure, and many others. It pertains to incidents occurring at sea or in navigable waters (“waters that are subject to the ebb and flow of the tide and/or are presently used, or have been used in the past, or may be susceptible for use to transport interstate or foreign commerce” under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 329.4). Maritime law usually applies when commercial accidents cause seaman injuries and/or damage to vessels and cargo, certain recreational boating accidents, instances of piracy and criminal activity on ocean vessels, injuries on jet skis or fishing boats, and insurance claims for ships or cargo.