Salt Lake City Boating Accident Lawyers
Let Us Help You Recover Compensation
Cutt, Kendell & Olson is one of Salt Lake City’s premiere law firms. Our team of boating accident attorneys has proven itself by successfully handling personal injury and wrongful death claims connected to boating and watercraft accidents across Utah. Whether you are fighting to see the liability correctly assigned to another party or in need of a team that will do everything to maximize your compensation for a catastrophic injury, we can help.
Utah Boating Accident Claims We Can Help With
Boating is a way of 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 popular among boaters of all types—meaning these locations are also the scene of frequent boating and watercraft accidents.
Watercraft accidents occur in a variety of ways including:
- Two-boat collisions
- Defectively designed or manufactured vessels
- Collisions between boats and personal watercraft (PWC)
- Injuries from striking fixed objects, such as docks or piers
- Injuries from being thrown off a PWC
- Swimmers being hit by a boat or Jet Ski
- Carbon monoxide poisoning, primarily on vessels with living quarters such as houseboats
- Swimmers being struck by a propeller
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may need to present conclusive evidence or even argue against a company that does not want to pay your medical bills. You do not have to face these challenges alone. Our team is qualified to help with all types of boating and watercraft accidents.
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, time and again, these five factors are most commonly implicated in boating accidents:
- Operator inattention
- Operator inexperience
- Improper lookout
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
A sixth factor, alcohol use, also plays a role in an outsize number of fatal boating accidents.
If you or your loved one has been involved in a boating accident, contact our Salt Lake City lawyers as soon as possible so we can launch an investigation, talk to witnesses, and preserve evidence. You will not pay any fees unless and until we help you secure compensation.
Seek Maximum Compensation with Experienced Counsel
When considering which law firm to hire for an injury or death occurring on a boat or watercraft, one of your first steps should be questioning whether an attorney has experience with Utah’s boating laws. Some accidents that occur on waterways are subject to federal admiralty jurisdiction and maritime laws, which may make it harder for you to recover the compensation you need. Your lawyer must know how to navigate the additional procedural rules that apply in these cases.
Cutt, Kendell & Olson has represented operators, passengers, and bystanders that have been injured as the result of a watercraft accident. Our extensive experience with these cases means we have a thorough understanding of the laws surrounding them. We also have access to a team of experts, including naval architects, engineers, accident reconstruction experts, and others who help us build the strongest possible cases for our clients.
Our team has handled claims against boat operators, owners, and rental and leasing companies, as well as the companies that design and build watercraft. We are familiar with industry groups and publications including those by the American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. No matter the circumstances or other parties involved in your case, we are confident we have the experience to handle it. However, should you have any questions, we are happy to answer them at no cost to ensure you are comfortable working with us.