Visiting the beautiful ports of call scheduled on a Caribbean cruise vacation is an important part of cruising. Exotic locations with friendly people greet you every other day and the beaches are not the only attraction. Vacationers engage in a myriad of onshore activities:
- Scuba diving or snorkeling
- Jet skiing
- ZIP lining
- Excursions on bicycles, on motorbikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
Cruise Bus Crashes on Way to Onshore Excursion
According to nbcnews. com, Thirty-six passengers from Royal Caribbean’s flag ship, the “Freedom of the Seas”, were on their way to a tree top ropes course and zip line adventure in St. Martin when their bus crashed. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. Six passengers, all from the United States and the bus driver were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, the most serious being a broken wrist. Most of the others were just bumps and bruises, according to a spokesperson from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
One of the injured passengers was a member of the Cruise Critic Magazine. Identified by nbcnew.com only as TBToronto, she and her two young sons were on the bus. Unfortunately, both her and one of the boys were among the injured passengers. Thankfully, they only suffered some cuts and bruises, thou hers required stitches.
Her account of the accident is that the bus driver lost control of the bus while on the considerably steep road that leads to Loterie Farm, where the zip line adventure was to take place. According to another passenger, the bus driver hit the brakes while going down the hill and the brakes didn’t seem to work. The bus continued down hill, hit a speed bump that caused many to hit the ceiling and subsequently struck a cab, making it overturn. The cab driver suffered a broken foot and his passengers some minor scrapes and bruises.
As opposed to activities that passengers book by themselves with local tour guides, this particular one seems to have been sponsored by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines itself. This means that the cruise line may be as liable to any injured passengers as the local tour operator with whom the cruise line booked the excursion and the company that owns the bus, if different. And this is where we can help.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines hasn’t confirmed whether it will give any kind of compensation to the affected passengers for this accident. Cruise lines often try to get an injured passenger to accept a refund as compensation for his or her injuries. You should not give into these companies’ pressure to accept a mere refund in exchange for your injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries or if a loved one died while on a cruise vacation or have been the victim(s) of serious crime(s) while taking a cruise, the cruise line may owe you financial compensation.
It is important for you to remember that these cases are governed by certain conditions set forth in the tickets. For example, according to most tickets, claimants have only six months to give written notice of the claim to the cruise line and one year from the date of the incident to file suit.
Consequently, you should contact a lawyer with experience handling these matters immediately. Only your prompt legal action will force the cruise company to compensate you for your past and future medical costs (including rehabilitation therapy), your pain and suffering and your lost wages. Please note that a Florida lawyer will handle your entire case, including the initial consultation, on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay your attorney anything, unless he o she wins your case.
Throughout the years the Cruise Lines Injury Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have handled many such cases against these cruise lines 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 you 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.