Accidents at sea are extremely common and caused by a wide range of factors. Some incidents are the result of a vessel’s mechanical failure while others are due to unfavorable weather conditions, causing choppy waters or reduced visibility. Then there are times in which maritime accidents are the result of negligence, including speeding, lack of pilot experience, failure to pay attention to maritime signals, and operating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Whenever an accident involving a pleasure craft or any other kind of vessel occurs, it is important for victims to know they have a right to seek legal help. The maritime accident lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have witnessed many different types of boat crashes and injuries resulting from them. Victims and their loved ones may be entitled to money damages and medical care following the incident, especially if the crash was caused by someone else’s wrongdoing.
Although many maritime victims survive their accidents, there are others that are never rescued and tragically lost at sea. Whenever an emergency does take place, the first rescue team to usually make it to the scene and offer assistance is the Coast Guard.
Offering help to distressed victims is what the U.S. Coast Guard dedicates their service to. And 12 people can now attribute their safety to the resilient efforts of Coast Guard officials, who rescued them after their boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico overnight.
Crews with the USCG Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama helped rescue the distressed boaters. Around 2 a.m. this morning, the ATC received notification that a 170-foot vessel was taking on water roughly 150 miles off the coast of Mobile. Some of the victims sustained minor injuries, but all survived and are recovering.
The boat was identified as the Seaprobe, a research vessel. The cause of the accident is yet unknown, but may very likely have been due to equipment malfunction or a possible tear in the vessel’s structures.
Whenever maritime accidents come about as the result of equipment failure, the vessel’s owners may be held responsible for the incident, at least in part. Anyone who was hurt or lost someone they love in a similar incident can turn to our maritime accident lawyers for assistance in filing a case and protecting their rights.
Our attorneys have successfully handled claims against vessel owners and other incidents involving pleasure crafts, cruise lines or cargo vessels since 1971 and will work diligently to ensure that you and your loved ones obtain the damages you are rightfully entitled to for your pain and suffering.
For more information on how Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. can help you and your loved ones obtain justice for your accident, give us a call today and schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced legal professionals.
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Published on January 18, 2013
Categories: Boating Accidents