Lake Tahoe is filled with deadly dangers that can cause drowning, traumatic brain injuries, hypothermia, and watercraft accidents. Each year, tourists and Nevadans are lured into the lake by unscrupulous tour providers who fail to warn of and prepare them for the risks a day on the lake can bring.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can occur when individuals fall from fast-moving jet skis, slip-on poorly maintained docks, or fall from boats that are unsafely maneuvering through the waters. These events can cause debilitating injuries that can negatively impact the individual’s quality of life and ability to work. When tour boat operators, boat rental companies, and other parties negligently maintain boats and boating facilities, fail to provide adequate training and safety equipment, or behave recklessly and someone is injured, a personal injury attorney can pursue damages against them for their actions.
Injuries Caused by Other’s on the Lake
Many injuries are the result of the actions of other individuals using the lake during the summer months. These include boaters and jet ski operators who are drunk or under the influence of narcotics, boat operators who lack the experience and training to safely handle their watercraft. Injuries can also be caused by individuals who flagrantly violate safe handling procedures by speeding or otherwise operating their watercraft in a reckless manner that endangers public safety. While individuals are not required to have a license to operate a boat, that does not absolve them of the responsibility of knowing how to safely handle the craft.
Drowning and Failure to Provide Safety Equipment
Drowning is an ever-present risk on Lake Tahoe. “Cold Water Shock” is a common problem that occurs when individuals spend time in the cold waters of the lake. Boat rental companies and anyone operating a boat on the lake are required to provide life jackets for everyone on the craft. These life jackets should be in good condition and boat operators have a duty to people on their boat that includes ensuring they are wearing a life jacket and that the life jacket is properly secured.
Similarly, boats should be equipped with fire extinguishers and signaling devices. Failure to properly equip a boat and maintain the watercraft’s safety equipment is negligent and a personal injury attorney in Lake Tahoe can pursue operators for their negligence.