On Tuesday, December 19, a bus in eastern Mexico, carrying cruise ship passengers to the Mayan ruins crashed, killing at least 12 and injuring almost 20 others. One of the deceased is a minor. The passengers were from two Royal Caribbean ships, the Celebrity Equinox and Serenade of the Seas. According to reports, at least seven Americans are among the injured.
The bus company involved in the crash, Costa Maya Mahahual, has said that American, Swedish, Italian and Brazilian passengers were traveling aboard the bus at the time of the accident. The tourism ministry reported that the bus was carrying 31 passengers total.
At this time, it is still unclear what caused the crash. The bus appears to have flipped on its side, landing in the vegetation on the side of the road. There were reported swerve marks on the road leading to the crash. The road had no shoulder or guardrail, and no other other vehicles were involved. Cruise passengers on subsequent busses described the scene of the accident as a grim sight, as their own busses passed by, unharmed.
Royal Caribbean called the accident “heartbreaking” and said, “We are working with the local authorities to learn more about the accident. We are doing all we can to help our guests.”
In the wake of this terrible tragedy, we send our condolences to all those involved and their families. Especially during the holiday season, this news is a humbling and shocking reminder that tragedy can strike when we least expect.
Tour Operators and Cruise Lines Can Be Held Accountable
Unfortunately, shore excursion accidents are far more common than anyone would like. What should be a fun and exciting day on land can quickly become a nightmare. To make matters more complicated, many cruise passengers do not fully understand who is legally responsible if an accident or injury occurs during an excursion. In these cases, you need an experienced maritime lawyer to help sift through the chaos so that you can get the resolution you deserve.
Although shore excursion cases can be complex, it is important for tour operators and cruise lines to see that passengers will not stand for subpar or dangerous conditions. When you elect to go on a shore excursion, you are placing your faith in the cruise line to have chosen a reputable and competent company to make your excursion worth your time and money. Sadly, when things go awry neither the cruise company nor the excursion operator is eager to accept the blame, claiming a wide variety of excuses to make your case feel almost insurmountable.
Our Team is Experienced in Handling Shore Excursion Bus Crashes
Fortunately, you do not have to handle this on your own. At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have experience assisting clients take on many major cruise lines and shore excursion companies in the aftermath of tragedy. Our lawyers have experience in handling bus crash cases arising from cruise line shore excursions. Recently, we have handled the shore excursion bus crash cases which occurred in Jamaica and St. Maarten. You have every reason to seek resolution and demand justice. With our proven track record of success and reputation as a trusted source for legal guidance, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands. So if you have questions and are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.