Salt Lake City Boating Accident Lawyers

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Elegal 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.

Elegal 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 today.


  • Elegal was invaluable in helping us through a difficult time. Our son was involved in a horrible accident and we weren't sure if he would survive. We were dealing with doctors, medical bills, and overwhelming emotions on how we would help our son recover. They answered every question we had and explained the entire process. They went above and beyond for our son and truly ...

    - Kali

  • Jacquelynn handled our case extremely well, she knew what needed to be done to get over an unfair problem with the insurance company and get the case moving and to a reasonable settlement. She had the knowledge of what needed to be done.

    - Yolanda

  • Ms. Carmichael and her team are professional, efficient, and courteous. Resources were expended in a thoughtful manner. Explanations were provided quickly and respectfully when needed. Should the situation arise, I will recommend Jacquelynn Carmichael to both friends and family

    - Former Client

  • We hired Eric for a personal injury case for my son. We were very pleased and satisfied with the level of commitment Eric showed to us and especially our son. He was aggressive to get answers and made us feel as ease with such a hard time in our lives. We felt confident in his ability from the moment we meet him and he did not disappoint. We feel he was very fair.

    - Brett

  • I would recommend Eric Olson to anyone. He was very professional and strived to educate me in making the best decisions when I had no idea how to decide what to do. He is very knowledgeable about his particular field of law and used that in my best defense. I am very pleased with the job that he did for me.

    - Lauren

  • I was in an auto accident three years ago. The first auto accident I have ever been in, but the other driver was ticketed. This lead to slow and obvious pain that grew worse. Doctors, surgery, shots, emotional trauma from not being able to physically do things I used to. That being said I want it known that Eric Olsen was so right for the lawyer to handle this case for me. I originally hired a ...

    - Jenann

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