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Liability of Cruise Lines for Tour Excursion Injuries

Tour excursions to enjoy ancient ruins, beautiful vistas, and exciting forms of recreational activity often constitute the highlights of a cruise experience.  Many of these side trips for educational, leisure, or physical activity purposes involve significant risks of injury or even wrongful death.  Cruise passengers might assume that all available excursions are carefully vetted to ensure the activities comply with appropriate safety standards.  However, many excursions on foreign soil are not subject to the same safety requirements that are imposed in the U.S.

Unfortunately, even inside our national borders, cruise ship excursion accidents and deaths can happen.  A recent Alaska floatplane excursion accident serves as a tragic reminder.  Float plane excursions are extremely popular with passengers enjoying Alaska cruises because they provide an almost incomparable way to enjoy the beautiful vistas offered by the region’s wilderness.  Despite stronger safety standards within the U.S., excursions can still end in life-altering accidents that cause devastating injuries like the loss of limbs, paraplegia, quadriplegia, massive burns, disfigurement and death.

In the recent fatal crash involving the floatplane, all nine passengers on the sightseeing excursion died.  The DHC-3 turboprop was transporting 8 Holland America cruise ship passengers as part of an aerial tour of Misty Fjords.  Although the small plane crash is currently under investigation, media sources indicate that poor weather might have contributed to the accident.  At this point, authorities looking into the fatal excursion have not determined whether the floatplane crashed into the ground or flew directly into a cliff.

Even if inclement weather was a factor in causing the plane crash, this does not mean that the company that hosted the excursion or the cruise line is off the hook in terms of liability.  If the crash was impacted by wind and rain, liability might depend on efforts taken to investigate the weather before the excursion or the reason the sightseeing trip went forward despite a forecasted storm.  Further, the cruise line might share liability with the excursion operator depending on the nature of the relationship between the companies, as well as the specific facts and circumstances of the tragic crash.

When cruise passengers are injured during tour excursion, there can be many causes, ranging from tour operators who fail to properly inspect and maintain their equipment to tour guides who lack proper experience and training.  When companies offering tours and recreational excursions are modest operations, they might have limited insurance coverage.  Our experienced Miami Cruise Ship Accident Lawyers examine all potential viable defendants and available sources of insurance, so we can develop a strategy aimed at pursuing the fullest recovery for our clients.

Greenberg Stone and Urbano:  Seeking Maximum Recovery for Injury or Wrongful Death on a Cruise Excursion

If you have suffered serious injury because of negligence by a tour company and/or cruise line, our Florida Cruise Injury Attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano tenaciously pursue the best outcome for our clients.  For over 130 collective years, our firm has assisted accident victims in personal injury and wrongful death actions across South Florida.  We seek to obtain compensation for your tangible and intangible damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.  Our skill and dedication has earned us an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and recognition as one of South Florida’s top firms by the Miami Herald.   Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

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