Lake Mead, which is located on the Colorado River, is a popular attraction for many recreational activities. You will want to act responsibly when you are out on the lake and enjoying the day. You will also need to be aware of others who may not be as careful. The Nevada boating accident lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys offer the following information and tips to help you stay safe and make your most of your day on Lake Mead.
What Can You Do in and Around Lake Mead?
Lake Mead has a wide variety of activities to enjoy. They include the following:
Scuba diving – Lake Mead National Recreational Area, which includes both Lake Mead and Lake Mohave, is known as one of the top freshwater areas for scuba diving. Depths and submerged hikes range from ones that are appropriate for beginners to those recommended for experienced, technical divers.
Canoeing or kayaking – If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, you can rent one at many places around Lake Mead.
Taking a boat cruise – Enjoy a trip on Lake Mead’s cruise boat, which sets off at varying times during the day and evening.
Boating – Many people like to boat on Lake Mead, and you can relax in a private cove or seek out open waters.
What Laws Govern Drinking and Boating?
Having a few drinks while on the boat is a habit for many people. But, drinking and boating is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. The law deems you to be operating a boat under the influence of alcohol in Nevada if you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or more.
The law can also consider you to be operating under the influence if you have used alcohol and/or a controlled substance, and, as a result, you are not able to operate your boat safely. If a judge convicts you for this crime, or you cause the death of or a substantial injury to someone else, you could face jail time as well as substantial fines.
What About Reckless Boating?
Reckless boating is negligently operating a vessel in way that causes danger to another person’s life, limb, or property. This can include operating a boat at an excessive speed or creating an excessive wake. It can also include not maintaining a proper distance from other boats.
How Can You be Safe While Scuba Diving?
The following tips can help you stay safe while you are scuba diving in Lake Mead:
- Receive proper training.
- Never dive alone.
- Make sure your diving equipment works properly before diving.
- Never drink alcohol or take drugs before you go diving.
- Ascend slowly and do not hold your breath during your ascent.
Do You Need Help from Nevada Boating Accident Lawyers?
Call the Nevada boating accident lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at 844-977-1900 if you have been injured in a boating accident because of someone else’s negligence. Our office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., but we are available 24/7 to take your call. Or if you would prefer, reach out to us online via Live Chat. You will not have to worry about paying any money upfront, because we offer free consultations. Further, you will not pay a fee unless we win your case. So don’t wait. Contact us today!