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Should Cruise Ships Be Liable When Drunken Passengers Go Overboard?

Cruise ships are known for relaxation, lots of food, and, for many, drinking.  Cruise ship passengers will often use their vacation to indulge in some alcoholic beverages.  The cruise industry tends to feed into their passenger’s desire to drink, with many ships offering all you can drink packages and pushing beverages on passengers from the moment they walk on the ship.  While usually a few drinks do not hurt anyone, at times excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious accidents.  Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers have previously reported on several high profile overboard accidents have resulted due to the intoxication of passengers, raising an interesting issue—should cruise lines be held accountable when drunken passengers fall overboard?

At Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A., our Miami cruise ship accident attorneys have over 130 years of collective experience representing cruise ship accident victims.  We understand the intricacies surrounding cruise ship law and will represent your interests to the fullest extent.  If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, we are here to fight for your full recovery.  The following is a look at the cruise line’s responsibility for overboard accidents resulting from excessive alcohol consumption.

Cruise Ships Create an Out of Control Environment

At least one lawsuit has been filed against a cruise line following a drunken passenger’s overboard accident.  Several years ago, a man cruising with his wife became heavily intoxicated in Cozumel.  He had purchased an all you can drink package and returned to the ship from an excursion clearly unable to think clearly.  He continued to drink on the ship.

The passenger became involved in an altercation with his wife, who was trying to get him to come down to the cabin and sober up. The man instead climbed up on a railing, where he sat for a moment and then fell face forward into the sea.  His body was never recovered.

The family of this overboard accident victim filed suit against Carnival, claiming that the cruise line created an out of control environment where it encouraged passengers to drink to excess.  The result was that the victim became intoxicated to the point of presenting a danger to himself and potentially others.

Cruise ship accidents such as this bring to light some complex legal issues surrounding personal responsibility and cruise line responsibility.  While all passengers have some degree of personal responsibility for their own drinking and actions, the cruise line, who profits considerably by creating an all you can drink atmosphere, also has responsibility for deaths that result.

Anyone who has lost a loved one in a cruise ship accident should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.  Your attorney will assist you in building a case against the cruise line to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano, P.A.:  Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!

Cruise ship accident victims require the assistance of a firm with experience in this unique field of law.  If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing cruise ship accident victims in South Florida.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the care, dedication, and hard work it deserves.  We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our outstanding cruise ship accident lawyers to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.


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