The sinking of the RMS “Titanic” occurred 100 years ago last month. However, despite the passing of time, the disaster still haunts our collective consciences when we think about taking a cruise vacation.
Prior to that well known tragedy it was believed that mankind’s greatest advancements could prevent the laws of physics from applying. Titanic was considered unsinkable before the accident. This belief brought about a fatal character trait that directly contribute to the disaster: arrogance. Since the ship was “unsinkable” and had the most advanced navigation and radio technology for the time, doting it with additional life boats was a waste of money and space. Unfortunately, as it so frequently does, Mother Nature would prove us wrong by placing an iceberg in its path…
As a result of the ensuing collision, 1517 people died. Many could have been saved had the ship carried more lifeboats. Thankfully, we learned that one lesson: all ships now have to carry enough lifeboats and rafts to accommodate everyone onboard.
Yet, Disasters At Sea Continue To Be Unavoidable
Although we have learned some things from the disaster of the Titanic, I believe we are yet to learn the most important lesson of them all: no matter how much technology we “pack into” these ships, human error will always be part of the equation. In other words, technology may help avoid some disasters and diminish the number of casualties when they do happen, but disasters will continue to happen regardless.
Look, for example, at the sinking of the “Costa Concordia” last January. Thirty people dead and two still missing despite the newest technological advances because of one man’s vanity…
Other Dangerous Activities While Cruising
A sinking ship is not the only kind of accident that can cause harm to passengers onboard cruise ships. Even when the ship makes it safely to port, people get injured when they accidentally slip on wet floors or trip on damaged carpets and fall. Following are some of the activities engaged in by passengers where harm may come to them as a result of accidents:
- Jet skiing
- ZIP lining
- While on excursions on bicycles, on motor bikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
The Lawyers at Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Cruise lines usually try to get injured passengers to accept a refund as compensation for their injuries. Victims of cruise ship accidents should not allow cruise lines to take advantage of their situation by accepting such low offers under pressure. If you have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one has died while on a cruise vacation or if you have been the victims of serious crimes while taking a cruise, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation. However, unless you immediately hire a law firm with experience handling these matters, the cruise company will never give you the compensation you may deserve.
Cruise ship accident cases are usually governed by the conditions established in the tickets. These tickets usually provide for a six month period prior to filing suit where injured passengers must give written notice of the claim to the company (among other requirements) and limit their ability to sue to one year from the date of the accident.
Consequently, it is essential that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Please note that if you are concerned for the costs, a Florida lawyer will not charge you for the initial consultation and will work your entire case on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not be charged at all, unless the lawyer wins your case. The Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines over the years and can help you obtain the compensation you may deserve.
If you or a close relative suffered an injury while on a cruise, we urge to contact a law firm with experience handling cruise ship injury cases. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today. Please note that our practice has been extended with a new satellite office in Aventura to better serve clients that reside in Ft. Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Dania & Dania Beach, Miramar, North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Miami Beach, Surfside, Sunny Isles and Miami Gardens.