While booking your cruise, you are often given the opportunity to sign up for a variety of shore excursions. These excursions are also often available during the cruise. On the ship, staff may provide lectures about the availability of tours that may include scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, archeological sites, catamaran rides, helicopter or plane rides, and much more. Cruise ships may generate considerable income from these tours, which are often conducted by independent contractors who are not subject to the jurisdiction of United States courts. Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers find that many of these independent contractors are uninsured or underinsured or even unlicensed and irresponsible.
The cruise ship accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano recognize the many complex legal issues surrounding shore excursions. We have fought for our injured clients to obtain the compensation they deserve due to the actions of negligent excursion companies endorsed by the cruise lines. The following is an examination of the cruise line’s liability for shore excursions.
Cruise Ships Can be Held Accountable for the Negligence of Cruise Lines
Several major lawsuits have arisen after cruise ship passengers were injured while performing shore excursions. Recently, eight passengers aboard a Holland America cruise line were killed in a plane crash booked through the cruise line. The plane ride was offered as a flight seeing tour of Alaska. The plane apparently took off during poor weather in an area of limited visibility. Cruise ship passengers apparently had no option to cancel without penalty. Investigations are ongoing into the accident.
This is just one incidence of many involving shore excursions. A bus accident carrying cruise ship passengers crashed, resulting in the injury of many and leaving passengers without recourse against the bus company itself, which was uninsured. Passengers sought compensation from the cruise line itself.
Courts have held that cruise lines must perform due diligence when selecting shore excursion operators. This includes investigating whether the company is insured, what its safety record is, and much more. Under Florida law, cruise ships that fail to exercise reasonable care to employ a competent contractor can be held liable for injuries inflicted upon cruise ship passengers. The question of liability will rest on whether the cruise ship knew or should have known that the independent contractor was unfit or incompetent.
Cases involving shore excursion injuries are rarely clear cut and will require the assistance of an experienced professional. Your cruise ship accident attorney will investigate the accident and the cruise line’s hiring method to uncover signs of negligence or a lack of reasonable care. It is important that accident victims contact an attorney as soon as possible after the crash as crucial evidence must be gathered right away.
Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano: Put Our Over 130 Collective Years of Experience to Work on Your Case!
While shore excursions can be fun, the lack of regulation over these activities makes them potentially dangerous. If you have been injured while on a cruise, contact the Miami Cruise Ship Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. We have over 130 collective years of experience representing those injured aboard cruise ships 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.