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Salt Lake City Boat Accident Lawyer

If a serious boating accident occurs because of someone else’s negligence, contact experienced personal injury attorneys at McMinn Law Firm as the first step in guarding your best interest every step of the way.

The last thing you want to think about on a fun day out on the lake are the potential dangers you could encounter. Whether you’re going out on a private boat, a rented jet ski, or a company operated barge, boat and drowning accident injuries can happen.

No matter your plans, it’s important to bring life jackets, stay alert, and be aware of weather hazards. An alarming number of kayakers die in Utah. Nearly 40% of all boating related accidents involve kayaks – lives that some say could have been saved by wearing a life jacket. Never forget that safety precautions such as life jackets, boating maintenance, and caution always are prudent.

Even if your plans don’t involve extreme speeds, the dangers of drowning still pose significant risk.

Boating accidents can happen when boaters do not exercise caution. In this case, the driver could have been distracted, or aftermarket changes to the party boat may have caused the horrific accident.

Even when hazardous weather doesn’t put people in danger, drunk boating can. Drinking, texting and boating are a dangerous cocktail that doesn’t mix.

A fun trip out on a boat turned horrific when the operator and owner of the boat decided to drink.

Recent Personal Injury Case Results

McMinn Law Firm has been helping injured residents of Salt Lake City, Utah, securing over 100 million dollars in settlements to date.

$3.87 Million

Ride Share Accident
Client Received: $2 Million
Expenses: $270 Thousand
Attorney Fees: $1.6 Million
Neck, Back, & Head Injuries

$2.95 Million

Trucking Accident
Client Received: $1.85 Million
Expenses: $100 Thousand
Attorney Fees: $1 Million
Neck, Back, & Head Injuries

$2.95 Million

School Bus Accident
Client Received: $2 Million
Expenses: $30 Thousand
Attorney Fees: $960 Thousand
Neck, Back, & Head Injuries

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At McMinn Law Firm, we are devoted to assisting individuals who have sustained injuries due to the carelessness of individuals or corporations. Our team of specialists is fully committed to providing unparalleled legal representation to you or your loved ones, no matter the nature of your injury. Allow us to support you in your quest for justice today!

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We'll bring our legal expertise right to your doorstep! Whether you're at home or in the hospital, our team is ready to visit you. Contact McMinn Law Firm today.

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Justin McMinn has been selected each year as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service selecting the very best lawyers in their practice area., placed McMinn Law Firm on their list of 20 recommended local service professionals for vehicle accident attorneys located in Austin, Texas.

Woman Injured at the Hands of Drunk Boater

A woman’s arm was severed in a horrific boating accident involving a Boston area lawyer. The attorney, 35-year-old Benjamin Urbelis, plead guilty to a charge in a horrific boating accident that occurred on Boston Harbor in 2015. He was a defense attorney and night club promoter in Boston at the time of the boating incident.

Attorney Benjamin Urbelis faces charges of operating a boat while under the influence, negligent operation of a boat, and furnishing alcohol to minors. A group of 16 went out on Urbels’ boat, the Naut Guilty,

Urbelis was swimming in the water at the time of the accident, but authorities say that he was the only person legally authorized to drive the boat. During trial the woman, Nicole Berthiaume, gave an emotional testimony detailing the emotional and physical impact of her injuries.

Freak accidents do happen, but drinking and boating or operating a boat without a license is not an accident. When a serious injury occurs because of someone else’s negligence, it is our duty to fight for the rights of the injured.

Your Boat Accident Attorneys in Salt Lake City

At McMinn Law Firm you get a team of lawyers experienced in boating accidents and water activities that cause injuries.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury from a boating accident, call us for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis which means we don’t get paid unless you get a settlement or verdict.

We are available to come visit you at your home or in the hospital. Contact us 24/7 at 385-993-3757 for a free consultation.

What Do I Do After A Boating Accident?

  • The first thing you’ll need to do is assess for injuries. If you or someone you love was injured, seek medical attention.
  • The next step after an accident is to call the police, and then a lawyer so that a formal investigation can begin. A boating collision needs to be analyzed, and all evidence photographed. The location of the water crafts needs to be determined and the points of impact must be determined. This requires experts who have experience in re-creating accident scenes. The wind, currents and wave action also play a role in boating accidents.
  • Witness accounts of the accident are very important and must be done quickly before memories fade. The pieces of the watercraft must be gathered and examined. This can be difficult since many pieces can either sink or float away.
  • Once you’ve made sure that injuries have been addressed and you have an investigation underway, now it’s time to start talking with insurance companies and third parties to build a case.

What a Boat Accident Attorney Does For You

You need a lawyer who knows how to handle the details of a boating accident case. Lawyers often perform an investigation to present in court. Boating accidents can result in catastrophic and fatal injuries. When you suffer, our legal team will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve.

We will explore every option you have. Oftentimes injuries and property damage are caused by more than a negligent third party. Boating accidents can be caused by product liability or premise liability and can lead to personal injuries or even wrongful death. We explore every option you have using our experience and comprehensive knowledge of the law. We fight for every penny you need to get life back to normal.

Medical Expenses, Lost Wages, and Property Damage

After suffering a boating accident, you may incur significant expenses from items such as:

  • medical bills,
  • lost wages
  • or property damages.

We will make a complete and full evaluation of your immediate and future needs. Our goal is to ensure that you recover what you have lost.

Accidents that occur in the water can lead to serious injuries including brain injuries; neck and back injuries; amputation or even death. Our lawyers have proven time and time again their ability to get the results their clients deserve.

Boating Accidents in Utah

Boating accidents are common in Utah, where we have over hundreds of thousands of registered boats. Of the total boating accidents on Utah waters, 50% involve the use of alcohol. Anyone suspected of drinking can be tested by a Utah Game Warden. The legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%. If you drink more than that, then you can be fined, jailed, and lose your driver license. People operating boats are held to a high standard because boating accidents injure and kill people every year.

Operator inattention and inexperience are also common factors in watercraft accidents. It is easy to get caught up in the fun of being on the water and forget to be cautious. Most boating accidents could be avoided if operators were more attentive to their surroundings.

Inattention is also the fault of the spotter or lookout. That person has the job of being the operator’s second pair of eyes. They should be looking for hazards in the water, like driftwood, of downed water skiers, or other situations the operator may not be aware of. It is hard to hear watercrafts approaching since all motor boats are very loud so it’s necessary to be extremely cautious while driving a boat. If you aren’t or you are hit by a driver who was not cautious, this could be considered negligence.

Excessive speed can be dangerous when enjoying water sports. As in car accidents, vehicles moving at the same rate of speed are less likely to be in accidents than cars traveling at different speeds. On the water, some ski boats and jet skis might be traveling fast, and other boats are drifting or trolling for fish. Operators and lookouts need to be aware of the activities of everyone around them.

Boating License Laws and FAQs

Watch out for these rules before going out on the water. If you still have questions, contact your local law enforcement to find out more about the rules on the water.

  • Anyone born after 1993 is required to complete a Boater Education course prior to operating a boat or personal watercraft (PWC). The program is designed to educate boat operators of the rules governing PWC use and safety issues relating to boating and watersports.
  • Anyone operating a boat must follow the rules set out by the US Coast Guard, Utah Game Wardens and Marine Safety Enforcement Officers. Some lakes or reservoirs also have additional rules or restrictions.

Types of Boating Accidents

A boat colliding with another boat is the most common type of boating accident, but certainly not the only way injuries are caused. When boating, the operators should always be looking for other boats and keep a safe distance away. Boat accidents happen when the operators fail to yield to other boats, stay in sailing lanes in and out of marinas, or travel at unsafe speeds in high traffic areas. Often “no wake” signs are ignored or not seen by the operator.

Boat crashes also happen when a person operating the boat fails to stay in the proper boating lanes. This is critical when towing a water skier since the skier will be in the water and may be a victim to other boats who are unaware that the skier is down. Many water skiers are injured or killed when a boat crossed the tow rope or runs over them.

Jet skis are also involved in boating wrecks. They can either collide with each other, larger boats or water skiers. All boating accidents carry the same inherent risk of injury like other types of accidents. However, with water sports the additional danger of drowning is always present.

Other accidents happen because a boat isn’t speeding; it is just sitting in the water so the passengers can fish, relax in the sun, or swim around the boat to cool off. These boats are like giant pieces of driftwood that other operators should see and move away a safe distance.

The launch ramps and ready lanes are also locations where accidents can happen, as people get out of their cars to prepare the boats for launching. Cars are backing up and pulling forward in a disorganized mass to get into the water or to get out of the water tired from a long day on the lake.

However your boating accident occurred, don’t wait another second to get started on your case. Contact us today and start moving forward.

Do you need legal help?
When you suffer a serious accident, deciding whether or not to engage a personal injury attorney on your behalf can seem daunting, but it’s a straightforward decision. Since there are no out-of-pocket costs, allowing a personal injury attorney from McMinn Law Firm to help with your case is a simple choice. Engaging a lawyer from McMinn Law Firm will provide you and your family with the opportunity to concentrate on the physical and emotional recovery from your injuries while ensuring that your case is handled forcefully and adequately. Justin and Jason McMinn are qualified personal injury lawyers who will counsel you in determining whether a settlement or a trial would be the best strategy to employ for your unique case. During the legal process, our Salt Lake City lawyers stand up for your rights, delving into all the possible causes of your injury and helping to bring the guilty party to justice.
Can't I just represent myself?
When it comes to insurance litigation related to personal injury, the legal process can be complex and overwhelming, especially for someone who is not well-versed in the law. That’s where a personal injury lawyer comes in. They have extensive knowledge and experience in handling cases similar to yours and can provide you with invaluable assistance.

A personal injury lawyer can help you gather evidence, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and file a lawsuit if necessary. They can also advise you on your legal rights and options, and help you understand the potential outcomes of your case. Additionally, they can handle all the legal paperwork and deadlines, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Will my lawyer loan me money for my bills?

When you’re unable to work because of your personal injury, you may be faced with difficult decisions related to how you will pay for groceries, mortgages, utility bills, and/or other household bills. Your personal injury lawyer can seek compensation for you for wages lost as a result of the limitations imposed by treatment and recovery periods needed as a result of your injury. Usually, those efforts take the form of a claim for lost wages.

Should you document the accident?

One of the initial things that a person should do after he or she is injured is record everything that he or she can about his or her accident and its impact on his/her daily life. It could be tempting to rely on memory but actual written notes usually prove very critical to receiving financial compensation for losses suffered as a result of an injury. See our Checklist to ensure you don’t leave out any important information when documenting your personal injury. You may need to keep a record of documents such as Police Reports, Medical Bills, Pictures and Video from the Crash, and a Journal of the Crash

Should I take the insurance settlement?

No matter how much pressure you may feel from the adjuster, do not accept a settlement from your insurance company before you speak with a personal injury lawyer. Keep in mind that the insurance adjuster’s job is to protect the bottom line of the insurance company. Even though they were assigned to your case, their main reason for employment is to reduce costs for the insurance company. Speak with a lawyer about your options first – there are no risks or fees when you meet with a lawyer for a free consultation.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer advocates for injury/accident victims to recover compensation from parties whose actions or negligence contributed to the cause of the injuries.

A personal injury lawyer’s services usually include:

  • Communicating – on the client’s behalf – with insurance companies, medical billing, law enforcement, court systems, and other involved parties
  • Gathering documentation to calculate financial damages, and pain and suffering
  • Explaining the personal injury case process, including deadlines, and the range of possible outcomes of the case
  • Negotiating with insurance companies, medical care billers, and other sources of costs or compensation
  • Representing the client in formal legal proceedings, including mediation and, when needed, trying the client’s case in court

Working on a contingency fee basis, meaning, clients only pay legal fees if the lawyer wins them compensation for the injury.

Read more about how personal injury attorneys establish fault and prove negligence in a personal injury case.

How do I decide on a personal injury lawyer?

Most people search online for a lawyer. Reading client reviews on Google, Facebook, Avvo or Yelp is a good way to get a feel for a particular lawyer. Others ask friends to find recommendations for a personal injury lawyer. As a rule of thumb, look for personal injury lawyers who have no up-front payment, can respond to phone calls and emails quickly, have a competitive contingency fee rate, and have a vast understanding of how to get maximum fair compensation in your case.

After an accident, focus on your medical recovery!
If you’ve been injured and are unsure of your next steps, our team at the McMinn Law Firm can help you navigate the legal process. We specialize in personal injury cases, including 18-wheeler crashes, pedestrian accidents, ride-share collisions, and other types of personal injury cases like wrongful death, nail salon injuries, and nightclub injuries.

Although we are based in Salt Lake City, we also represent clients throughout Utah and beyond. Our commitment to helping people extends beyond just our local area. We prioritize clear and open communication with our clients to help them through this challenging time.

As one of the highest-rated personal injury law firms in the area, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle complex cases and get results for our clients. Our legal team is experienced in filing lawsuits, negotiating settlements, and arguing aggressively in trials for verdicts.

If you’re unsure about what to do next after your injury, we invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with us. We can help you understand your legal options and provide you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about how to proceed. You can reach us via telephone, live chat, or our online form. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

Immediate questions you might have after being injured in an accident in Salt Lake City, Utah

Suffering an accident in Salt Lake City, Utah is a distressing experience that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, especially when faced with a plethora of unanswered questions. However, at McMinn Law Firm, we understand the significance of obtaining comprehensive knowledge about your injury case, and we are here to offer our assistance.

Our team of legal experts possesses a wealth of experience in handling a variety of injury cases in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we are committed to addressing your concerns and queries to ensure that you are fully informed about your situation. We recognize that each case is unique, and as such, we take a personalized approach to ensure that we provide you with tailored solutions that meet your specific needs.

Whether you’re unsure about the legal process, the compensation you’re entitled to, or the timeframe for your case in Salt Lake City, Utah, we’re here to offer you the guidance and support you need. Our goal is to make sure that you are well-equipped to make informed decisions and to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

At McMinn Law Firm in Salt Lake City, Utah, we believe that knowledge is power, and we are dedicated to empowering you with the knowledge you need to successfully navigate your injury case. So, if you have any questions or concerns about your case in Salt Lake City, Utah, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help you every step of the way.