Who’s Liable for an Injury During a Shore Excursion?
Cruise ship sponsored shore side excursions can be a wonderful experience for a passenger to learn about new destinations and visit beautiful scenery, but it is also an activity where deaths and injuries occur. Cruise ships often argue that they cannot be held responsible for an “off-ship” accident because of the liability clause that is in the waiver signed by the passenger or that the shore side activity is done through an independent contractor. They often say that they had no control or authority over the independent contractor, making excursion accidents harder to prove than an injury endured while on board.
However, easily assessing whether the cruise line can be held responsible for an accident occurring offshore can be done with the Miami certified maritime lawyers from Percy Martinez Law Firm who are knowledgeable and know that the laws regarding offshore accidents. Many people look forward to the excursion activities, and never imagine that they would fall a victim of an accident. While maintaining security aboard the cruise ship is a must, making sure passengers are safe and well on their excursion experience is needed as well. The firm is ready to aid victims of shoreside excursion accidents to recover for their damages.
Who Is Liable For Accidents and Attacks While on Shore?
There are two possible outcomes that can cause an injury during an excursion. The first being an accident while on the excursion, and the second being attacked by someone while on shore. Who would be held accountable if either occurred? Well, let’s fist look at injuries surfacing due to an attack by another person.
- Attacks Surging While on Shore: An attack happening on shore and be deemed the fault of the cruise line. The cruise line has a duty to warn the passengers of any dangers that are present in the location that they are visiting or dangers that they should reasonably expect. As such, if the passengers are not warned of such dangers that are known within the area, liability can fall on the cruise line for the resulting damages.
- Accident During Excursion: Typically, the contract that is embedded within the ticket will contain information and clauses about the protected laws that the cruise ship has for shore-side excursion accidents. Meaning that the cruise ship would be relieved from liability if an accident were to occur. What many passengers do not know is that courts do not enforce such clauses, which allows the passenger to hire an experienced maritime accident attorney that would convince the judge why the specific clause should not be enforced in Miami.
Lawyers Experienced in all Aspects of Maritime Laws
Accidents on cruise ship claims have many factors associated with them that require extensive knowledge, training, and education. The attorneys of accidents overseas at Percy Martinez Law Firm know about all the types of accidents that can occur on a cruise ship and who can be held liable for it. Contact them today, and don’t delay.