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Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Cruise Disasters: How Common Are Accidents, Injuries, and Other Mishaps?

Accidents can happen anywhere, but if you’re ready to board a cruise ship for your next vacation you need to be cautious. Cruise disasters may not happen all too often as car accidents or plane crashes, but they do happen. From storms to explosions, the number of things that can go wrong when out to sea are numerous. Here’s everything you need to know about what can go wrong and what you can do if such things arise. One Of The Safest Ways To Travel “Airplanes are the safest way to travel.” You’ve heard this at least once in your life. Without a doubt, this phrase is partially true. According to the BBC, while the likelihood of injury or death during a flight is low, cruise ships have – on average – a lower death rate. The number of people who died during commercial flights peaked at 373 in 2011. Car accidents faired worse with the World Health Organization estimating over a million deaths each year. If you’re ever in a car accident, here’s a brief guide on what you should do. As for cruise ships, between 2005 and 2011, the death toll peaked out at 16 people out of 100 million passengers. Types of Cruise Disasters With casinos and buffets, cruises have plenty of things to distract you from the laborious duties that get the ship to move. There’s plenty that can go awry from technical mishaps and people falling overboard to gastrointestinal outbreaks. From 2009 to 2013, cruise ship incidents rose. From technical failures, fires, and collisions, the death toll reached 50 with over 300 injuries. Gastrointestinal...
Common Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Common Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Unfortunately, cruise ship safety is sometimes lacking. Some vacationers spend more time in the sick bay than on the pool deck. A recent study found that 12.5% of cruise ship incidents reported were serious, leading to onshore hospitalization. To make sure you’re not one of them, read on to learn the most common cruise ship accidents and how to avoid them. Slips, Trips, and Falls This category of common accidents makes it to the top of our list – and for good reason. A cruise ship is by its very nature an unstable surface for walking. Although their impressive size means that they are usually very stable, they are susceptible to weather conditions that can lead to instability. However, slips, trips, and falls often occur due to negligence. This could be wet floor surfaces not being properly marked, or floor coverings not being properly maintained. Our advice – avoid areas that have just been cleaned, watch your step and beware of abandoned luggage in the corridor – a common culprit in accidents on cruise ships. Swimming Pool Cruise Accidents While tragic incidents are thankfully rare, cruise ship swimming pools are not immune to danger. In fact, following a recent spate of drownings and near-drownings, some major cruise lines have taken the much-needed precaution of stationing lifeguards by their pools and offering life vests for less confident swimmers. Our advice – make sure your cruise ship offers these kinds of safety features. This is especially important if enjoying your cruise with your children, or if you are not a confident swimmer. Dangers Below Deck Not only vacationers but also cruise ship crew can be at...

Broward County Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers

During this time of year, many families are making memories on their vacation. People from around the country choose to spend their time off from work and school in South Florida because of the many attractions in our area. Unfortunately, it is possible for people to be injured on their vacation through no fault of their own. When that happens, Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at David W. Singer and Associates can help families who are dealing with the long-term implications of those incidents. After people are injured, they may be facing serious financial issues related to the injury and their recovery. They may be looking at expensive medical bills; they may also be dealing with lost time from work and the lost wages that compound the financial burdens of these injuries. If you have been injured at a resort, at an amusement or theme park, or even on a cruise ship, then you should seek experienced representation. These vacation spots will try to avoid legal battles that tarnish their public image, and that means that they will often attempt to settle these cases quietly. In many cases, the settlement offer is far less than what accident victims need to cover their bills, and then they are left behind. If you have been a victim, work with experienced Broward County cruise ship accident lawyers who can help to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you...

Your Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer

  Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers are ready to help people who have been the victims of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. When people are injured because of no fault of their own, they often are forced to face the difficult financial implications that come with the rush of medical bills and other expenses often coupled with lost wages. Injuries can occur in just about any situation. On the road, in someone’s home, in the workplace, at another place of business, and even on vacation aboard a cruise ship or at an amusement park people can be seriously injured. When you are injured, you have rights. An experienced attorney can help you fight for the compensation you deserve. You may be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills, property repair bills, lost wages, and even the pain and suffering associated with your accident and injury. Through the process of working with your attorney, you will stay informed about what is going on with your case. Your attorney should communicate with you about developments in your case as it makes its way through the legal process. Contact an attorney today to find out how you can seek justice for the injures you received because of someone else’s...