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4 Tips to Avoid a Boating Accident This 4th of July

July 3, 2015

Independence Day is only a few hours away, and while this is one of our nation’s most memorable holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous for those enjoying activities in the water. Whether you have plans to go out on a boat, jet ski, parasail, or swim this 4th of July, it’s important to remember that waterways are likely to be very crowded, and anyone enjoying maritime activities is at a much greater risk of suffering an accident. That being said, our lawyers have four tips that can help you and your loved ones avoid serious boating... Read Article

How to Help a Drowning Victim

July 2, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), ten people die every day in drowning accidents. In fact, among the list of unintentional death causes, drowning is the fifth top reason for fatalities. Drowning accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, even in crowded areas. And unfortunately, lifeguards aren’t always around to tend to emergencies. But while assistance from a trained lifeguard or paramedic is always preferred, that doesn’t mean a regular civilian can’t help during an emergency. If you happen to notice that someone appears to be drowning in a pool or open waters, or following a recreational... Read Article

8 Cruise Passengers and Pilot Killed in Ketchikan Floatplane Shore Excursion Accident

June 26, 2015

Our cruise ship accident attorneys often talk about the dangers that shore excursions can pose, due to the fact that cruise lines partner with outside tour operators, whose safety standards may be subpar. Many times, tour operators fail to properly maintain equipment, while other times, excursions are run by inexperienced guides. There are many factors that can contribute to a shore excursion accident, but no one ever imagines they will be hurt or lose a loved one while on a tour that’s intended to be fun. Sadly, the unthinkable has happened in Alaska. Nine people were killed after the floatplane... Read Article

How to Prevent a Jet Ski Accident

June 25, 2015

Summer is here, which means that many individuals are going to be heading out to the beach or lake for some fun in the water. For some, this includes jet skiing. Jet Skis are a type of Personal Watercraft (PWC), popular for their ability to deliver adventure and adrenaline. Yet, as exciting as Jet Skis can be, they also pose several dangers. Jet Skis can reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, and when combining speed with lack of experience or other acts of safety negligence, they can lead to serious and even fatal accidents. Unfortunately, regulations aren’t... Read Article

The Truth About Cruise Shore Excursions

June 24, 2015

If you’re in the process of planning a cruise, you are probably also considering booking one of the many shore excursions that cruises offer. Shore excursions provide cruise passengers the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of a port of call. From sightseeing tours that visit historical landmarks to exotic jungle treks and adventurous zip lines, shore excursions offer many thrilling opportunities for travelers. Unfortunately, cruises often work with outside providers when offering shore excursions, and the safety standards and quality of tours can vary significantly from port to port and even from excursion to excursion. Passengers should always... Read Article

The Costs of Owning a Boat: What Potential Boat Owners Should Know Before Purchasing a Vessel

June 23, 2015

Nothing says the “good life” like owning a boat. For some individuals, the dream of owning a boat is so alluring that they assume that either a financial loan or several years of savings is all it takes to make the dream a reality. Unfortunately, many people jump into boat ownership unaware that the up-front cost of the vessel is just one expense among many. Boat ownership is a serious responsibility and the long-term expenses can sometimes exceed the initial cost. Most people own vessels under 25 feet in length, which run an average of $18,000. Annual expenses average to... Read Article

3 Waterspouts Sighted Near Fort Lauderdale Coast

June 19, 2015

Florida is known for its unpredictable weather conditions. Though we tend to get a lot of rain and often experience hurricanes, there have been some unusual natural phenomena occurring as of late. Earlier today, three waterspouts were spotted in Fort Lauderdale near the coastline. Waterspouts are a form of tornado that develop over water, or tornadoes that originate on land and move toward water. They can also migrate inland and cause significant damage, though waterspouts tend to dissipate quickly once they touch land. Though waterspouts typically from during severe thunderstorms, the strange thing about these unique tornadoes is that they... Read Article

What You’ll Need to Get Through Customs on Your Next Cruise

June 17, 2015

Going through customs can be intimidating. Immigration officers are notorious for asking a host of often invasive questions, and even if you’re abiding by proper procedures and have all your documentation, the process can be stressful. First-time cruisers, in particular, may not always know what to bring but even cruise veterans can face difficulty when it comes to customs because the laws regarding identification documents and visa requirements is not the same for all cruises. We know it can be tough to keep up with the ever-changing travel requirements, so our maritime lawyers have put together a list of some... Read Article

3 Common Types of Dry Dock Accidents

June 16, 2015

As maritime lawyers, we know just how dangerous the high seas can be. Many different types of accidents can occur on board a ship, from an actual collision to mechanical failure. But while it is much more common to hear of the accidents that transpire in navigable waters, a dry dock can be just as dangerous. Dry docks are used for the construction, maintenance, or repair of a vessel and can often be a breeding grounds for serious accidents and injuries. Anyone working on a dry dock should exercise extreme caution at all times. Though there are specific laws in... Read Article

Carnival Bans Guests From Bringing Bottled Water On Board; Could the New Policy Put Passengers at Risk?

June 12, 2015

Carnival Cruise Line recently announced that it won’t be allowing passengers to bring bottled water on its ships anymore. According to a CNN article, the cruise lie explained the move was an attempt to limit passengers from filling bottles with alcohol, which they say is the most “common means by which guests attempt to smuggle alcohol on board.” As our cruise lawyers have often discussed, cruise lines make quite a profit from the overpriced alcoholic beverages and beverage packages they sell on board, so it makes sense that the cruise line would want to eliminate any chance of losing revenue.... Read Article

Yacht Worker Rights

June 11, 2015

We often discuss seafarer rights when it comes to crew members working aboard cruise ships. Maritime laws protect these crew members in the event they suffer an injury while on duty or when facing disputes over wages or tips. Yet, there is another group of seafarers who may not be aware that they too have maritime and admiralty rights. Meet the yacht worker. Yacht workers are often hired privately to serve as chefs or attendants on a vessel. While the idea of working for a smaller employer might seem to have its benefits over dealing with a large company, like... Read Article

Tips on How to Use Social Media Properly While a Maritime Accident Claim is Under Litigation

June 10, 2015

Did you know that more than one billion people use Facebook and close to one billion use Twitter? That’s a huge chunk of the world’s population! Given the widespread use of social media, it is clear that social networking can have an impact on various aspects of our lives and plays a large role on how we portray ourselves. Many turn to social media for a host of activities, from discussing daily happenings to connecting with others. Yet, for individuals in the midst of a maritime accident claim, posting about their cases on Facebook or Twitter could have a serious... Read Article

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