Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson is a premier firm in Salt Lake City. Our team of Salt Lake City boating accident attorneys has proven results handling personal-injury and wrongful-death claims arising from boat and watercraft accidents across Utah. We are skilled at reconstructing accidents if liability is disputed and maximizing compensation for catastrophic injuries, such as head trauma, brain injury, amputation and/or spinal cord injury.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a boating accident, the time to explore your options is now. Contact us to request a free case evaluation.
Boating Accidents in Utah
Boating is a way a life among the many lake communities in our state. Lake Powell, Flaming Gorge, Echo Lake, East Canyon Reservoir, Utah Lake and Jordanelle Reservoir are all locations where boating and watercraft accidents may occur.
Watercraft accidents occur in a variety of ways including:
- Two-boat collisions
- Collisions between boats and personal watercraft (PWC)
- Injuries from being thrown off a PWC
- Injuries from striking fixed objects, such as docks or piers
- Swimmers being hit by a boat or Jet Ski
- Swimmers being struck by a propeller
- Defectively designed or manufactured vessels
- Carbon monoxide poisoning, primarily on vessels with living quarters such as houseboats
Seek Maximum Compensation with Experienced Counsel
When considering which law firm to hire for an injury or death occurring on a boat or watercraft, it is important to make sure that the law firm has experience handling these cases because some cases may be subject to federal admiralty jurisdiction and maritime laws. These laws may severely limit the amount of money you can recover from a vessel owner, and they present a number of procedural rules that do not apply in the normal personal-injury or wrongful-death case.
Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson understands these laws and can help you navigate your way through them. We have represented operators, passengers, and bystanders that have been injured as the result of a watercraft accident. We have access to a team of experts, including naval architects, engineers, accident reconstruction experts, and others to make sure we are building the strongest case possible for our clients. We have handled claims against boat operators, owners, and rental and leasing companies, as well as the companies that design and build watercraft.
Our extensive experience handling these cases has made us familiar with industry standards and publications, including those by the American Boat & Yacht Council, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
What Causes Boating Accidents?
Each year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) compiles statistics on the number of recreational boating accidents. The USCG has found that there are five top contributing factors in boating accidents.
These factors are:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
However, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. If you or your loved one has been involved in a boating accident, contact our Salt Lake City firm as soon as possible so that we can preserve evidence and talk to witnesses. There are no attorney fees unless we secure compensation for you.
Get proven, award-winning counsel by your side at this critical time. Call us at (801) 901-3470 today.