While traveling in a car, be it as a passenger or driver, it is the most dangerous and hazardous mode of transportation. Car accidents rank among the top causes of death and injuries in the nation. Some other common types of vehicle accidents include truck accidents, bus and public transportation accidents, and even boating and cruise ship accidents. The last might come as a shock in most cases, but they can happen.
When you book a cruise, you are looking forward to an exciting vacation with a spouse, significant other, or even immediate or extended family. Whenever we plan or look forward to vacations, we never anticipate an accident or fatality. Particularly those accidents that happen on cruise ships.
Cruise Ship Injuries
For those who have been on a cruise before, when vacationing or traveling on a cruise ship, it is easy to feel like you are in a small city and forget you are on the water. As a result, it is incredibly easy for an individual to have an accident. The motion of a ship can cause issues with an individual’s balance and equilibrium and therefore contribute to an injury. For example, injuries on a cruise ship can include:
- Falling in the shower
- Tripping over prominent bullnose edgings on stairs
- Tripping on the wide final landing of a large staircase
- Slipping on wet deck surfaces
- Alcohol-related injuries, including going overboard
- Passenger assaults on other passengers
- Lighting-related injuries
- Sexual assault
While most of these might be considered minor accidents, there have also been cases when more serious injuries have been reported due to a cruise ship catastrophe, such as fire, power outage, if the ship becomes disabled at sea, or even food poisoning. Whether your injury is considered mild or severe, you may be entitled to compensation for loss or damages by seeking out a Florida personal injury attorney.
Did you know that in 2011, the Coast Guard counted 4,588 accidents that resulted in 758 deaths, 3,081 injuries and approximately $52 million worth of property damage due to boating accidents? Seventy percent of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and 84 percent were reported as not wearing life jackets, whether they were not provided or due to personal choice. Being out on the water, whether it is sailing for recreation or on a cruise ship is fun, relaxing, and even luxurious when you are safe, but it is no secret that any type of boating accident can be deadly.
If you or someone you know has recently been involved in a boating accident or cruise ship accident, consult with a legal, professional, and qualified Florida cruise ship accident personal injury attorney to help you and/or your family receive compensation for injuries and damages. Having a trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney on your side can make all the difference in representing your case and awarding you and your family what you are entitled to.
Fort Lauderdale Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer
Contact Cohn & Smith online or call us at (954) 687-0503 to set up a free initial, no-obligation consultation and interview to see how we can help you with your recent boating or cruise ship accident. Our main office is located in Broward County, and we have additional satellite offices throughout the state of Florida. The professional legal services of Cohn and Smith are here to help protect you and your rights.