According to standard.co.uk, a bus carrying 26 passengers due to catch a cruise ship out of Southampton, U.K. overturned on the M3 motorway when the driver lost control of the bus. As a result, seven people suffered minor injuries and one suffered a broken bone that had to be treated at a local hospital.
Onshore Accidents Not Uncommon
Accidents involving cruise ship passengers while on land are not uncommon. Whether they happen before the passengers board the ship (as it seems to be the case here) or at one of the several ports where these cruise ships call, accidents typically befall passengers while they are engaged in any of the following onshore activities:
- Scuba diving or snorkeling
- Jet skiing
- ZIP lining
- Excursions on bicycles, on motorbikes or on 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps, etc.
Of course, as in this case, passengers also suffer accidents while on the road to or from the ship. For example, we recently posted about an accident somewhat similar to this one, where thirty-six passengers from Royal Caribbean’s “Freedom of the Seas” who were on their way to take a tree top course and zip line adventure in St. Martin, suffered an accident when their tour bus overturned and ended on the ditch by the side of the road after the driver lost control of the vehicle. Six passengers and the bus driver had to be taken to local hospitals with minor injuries and only one broken bone, in that case a broken wrist.
Book Onshore Activities With Ship
Passengers often chose to book their onshore activities directly with local providers and not to book them with the cruise ship in order to save a few dollars. While it is true that similar activities booked thru the ship tend to be more expensive, passengers need to understand that the reason for this is not necessarily the ship or the provider’s greed. Local vendors that offer their services independently from the ship are typically subject to the island’s safety regulations, if any exist. This means, for example, that a local vendor providing parasailing trips may not have to change its harnesses (or keep them in as good a shape) as one that receives customers sent to him by the ship because since the cruise line is liable for any accident that occurs to the passenger while parasailing, it will ensure that the local provider’s equipment is kept in optimum condition.
Case in point, in May of last year a passenger from Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Carnival Sensation” was killed in a jet ski accident. She had rented the jet ski from an independently owned and operated Bahamian Tour operator. This operator claimed that it was dully licensed by the Bahamian Port Authority and that it always operated within the law. However, a subsequent investigation showed that the beach were the accident occurred had been ordered closed earlier that same day by authorities due to bad weather and although a warning had gone out to all tour operators about the beach being closed to all water sport activities, this particular operator chose to ignore the law…A ship sponsored operator is less likely to incur in this kind of behavior because it could mean losing its business association with (and thus, its steady source of income from) the cruise line, should the cruise line find out about these activities.
The Lawyers of Greenberg Stone and Urbano Can Help
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 there was negligence involved that caused the injury or loss. 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 cruise 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 often in a jurisdiction picked by the cruise line. More often then not, suit must be brought in Miami, Florida.
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.