Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise Passengers Injured in Bus Crash


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A car crash between a bus and a trolley.

Traveling to another country is always an exciting experience. There is so much to see and do, you may find yourself constantly seeking adventure. When you travel on a cruise, the opportunities to explore each port may feel endless. With a long list of must-sees, many cruise ship passengers find themselves wanting to spend more time off shore at the destination ports than on the boat itself!

Having the opportunity to stretch your legs is a crucial part of the cruise experience. But once on land, many passengers forget that the risk for injury is just as high as when traveling on sea. Especially in countries where the driving customs or languages are different, it may be more challenging for visitors to navigate to and from different destinations with ease.

Most of the time, public transportation is a good option. However, a recent collision involving cruise ship passengers in Vanuatu reminds us that some things really are out of our control.

On June 20th, 2016, a group of Australian cruise passengers were seriously injured in a bus crash in Port Vila, the capital city of Vanuatu. Vanuatu is a small island in the Pacific Ocean, just a short flight from Fiji.

The tour bus had been carrying 12 tourists from the Pacific Dawn cruise ship when it collided with a local commuter bus. A spokesperson for the cruise line said that ten of the tourists sustained “significant injuries.” Bone fractures, open wounds and head injuries are just a few of the reported cases.

Because of the nature of the injures, and in an effort to reduce pressure on the local hospitals, the passengers, including three children, were airlifted to hospitals in Brisbane, Australia and Noumea, New Caledonia.

Additionally, two locals were killed in the accident.

We are saddened by the loss of life that has occurred as a result of this collision. Our thoughts go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy.

Vehicle accidents generally do not occur absent some sort of negligence.  It will be important to identify the cause or causes of this collision to determine whether the cruise line or excursion company have responsibility for the resulting injuries and tragedy.

Although most people do not think of traffic accidents as a threat to their safety while they are on a cruise, this is a very real possibility. Despite your best efforts to ensure your safety, sometimes, tragic events happen. While we are glad that proper medical care is being administered to the affected passengers, we know that everyone would have preferred to avoid the event entirely. But, since we cannot control accidents such as this one, we can only do our best to pick up the pieces and reassemble our lives to the best of our ability.

We Can Handle Your Shore Excursion Case

If you or someone you know has been seriously injured on a cruise ship or traffic accident, you should not have to handle the stress of a lawsuit alone. We have experience with a wide range of maritime personal injury cases. So whether you were injured at sea or during an on-shore excursion, we would be glad to set up a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.

So whether you have been injured on land or at sea, rest assured that our maritime lawyer will do everything we can to help you move forward.


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