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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...
How Many People Are Drunk Driving on Halloween?

How Many People Are Drunk Driving on Halloween?

Halloween is meant to be a fun time for parents and children to hit the streets in their spookiest attire. Unfortunately for responsible trick-or-treaters, many people take the holiday as an opportunity to put others in danger. Drunk driving is a reality every holiday, but it’s arguably never more pertinent to pedestrians than on holidays such as Halloween. We’re here to give you a brief rundown on Halloween drunk drivers and how to handle them. Halloween Drunk Drivers One of the reasons that drunk drivers are so dangerous on Halloween is that so many people, mostly children, are walking the streets. Not only are they walking, but they’re often running and playing in black clothes on the street. In addition, Halloween’s increase in drunk driving threatens other sober drivers on the road. These facts make Halloween one of the deadliest nights of the year. The combination of vehicles and children on the roads makes a dangerous mix by itself, but it’s amplified when alcohol is involved. The National Highway Traffic Administration stated that almost 45 percent of Halloween road-deaths were a result of drunk driving. These numbers spike when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday night. When the holiday falls on weekdays, the weekends before and after are also dangerous. It’s obvious that Halloween is dangerous, but what can be done about it? Approaching Halloween Night You’re in a good position if your children are at an age when they can’t trick-or-treat alone. If you’re with your children, make sure to be alert to your surroundings at all times. Even residential neighborhoods are vulnerable to drunk drivers, so it’s essential...
How to File a Personal Injury Case After a Cruise Ship Accident

How to File a Personal Injury Case After a Cruise Ship Accident

No one ever plans to get hurt during their cruise vacation. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens. Every year numerous people are injured or even killed during their cruise. Keep reading to learn how to file a personal injury case after a cruise ship accident. Almost 14 million people will be cruising from North America this year. Unfortunately, while no one imagines that they will be hurt or even killed while cruising, these accidents happen. If you’re injured on a cruise, you may need to file a personal injury case. Read on to learn everything you need to know about a personal injury lawsuit. What is a Personal Injury Case? A personal injury case is filed when someone is injured and considers another party to be legally responsible for that injury. These can go through civil court, however, they’re also often resolved through settlements before a lawsuit can be filed. Personal Injury on a Cruise Many people choose to cruise because it’s seen as a relatively low-risk option for a vacation. Most of the common injuries on cruise ships are due to: Failure to adhere to recognized procedures and policies Failure to maintain the ship in a safe condition Inadequate security If the ship has a malfunction, or there’s a poorly kept walkway, falling debris, or tripping hazard, you could suffer a serious injury. This may mean that you can file a claim against a negligent cruise ship company. What to do When You’re Injured on a Cruise If you get hurt while on a cruise, you need to do the following: Get Medical Help Of course, your first priority after being injured...

Liability Waiver Saves LA Fitness from Personal Injury Lawsuit

Going to the gym is nothing new, but being active has been a trend for a few years now. Some will jog or use their own treadmill to stay active, but most will frequent gyms like LA Fitness. The great thing about gyms like these is the option to work out with a personal trainer. However, for every membership, there are pages of legal paperwork that you have to sign. Usually, we think just to skip over this and sign away, but this is exactly what caused Patricia Evans to lose her personal injury case against LA Fitness. When signing up for a membership, the legal work normally includes documents like membership agreement, personal training agreement, and a release of liability. The release of liability page states something along the lines of acknowledging that you read the terms and assumption of risk. No business ever wants someone to get hurt on their premises, but they still need to have an action plan in case something does happen and in this case, it was their release of liability. While working out with her personal trainer, Evans fell while she was sprinting and performing “suicide runs.” Evans fractured both of her wrists after trying to catch herself from her fall, which also resulted in nerve damage after the healing. Evans claims that she fell after her trainer continued to tell her to go faster. However, one of the biggest holes in her case was that she was not forced to exercise and when exercising it is at her own risk. In this case, the wording would have also been crucial to her...

Jail and Bail Event Continues To Raise Money To Fight Cancer

David W. Singer & Associates partnered with The American Cancer Society to organize the annual Jail and Bail fundraising event in Broward County, Florida. This event is held to support the fight against cancer and has been going strong for over 20 years and has raised close to $3 million to help the cause.This year’s event was covered by Eye On South Florida, watch some highlights from the event...