Bulgaria’s sea spaces are regulated by the Law on the Maritime Spaces, Inland Waterways and Ports. The Bulgarian Maritime Law is the legislative body that regulates the use of the Black Sea and the Danube, as well as protects the safety of those navigating in open Bulgarian waters and the environment. In addition, the law establishes and maintains operations on Bulgaria’s waterways, including vessel speed limits, sea lanes, and passing parameters.
However, while Bulgaria’s maritime laws may appear extensive enough to keep open waters safe, in reality, regulations are often violated by passenger, commercial, and pleasure craft operators, leading to serious – and often fatal – accidents. Those responsible for an accident in navigable waters may be held responsible for injuries, and victims may be eligible to obtain compensation. Anyone who has been involved in a maritime accident in Bulgaria would benefit from retaining legal counsel with a lawyer who specializes in International Maritime and Admiralty Law cases to ensure their rights are protected.
The maritime attorneys at Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. have been representing individuals injured at sea or port for over 40 years and are committed to helping the victims of cruise accidents, seafarer injuries, and boat collisions in Bulgaria. If you or a loved one was harmed in Bulgarian waters, we will work diligently on your behalf and fight to secure the most favorable outcome for your case.
Factors Contributing to the Maritime Accident Rate in Bulgaria
There are several factors that can lead to a maritime accident in Bulgarian waters. Some accidents are the result of speeding, while others occur due to vessel operator inexperience. Though the individual circumstances of each incident may vary, the vast majority of injuries at sea are caused by safety negligence and failure to abide by maritime laws. When negligence is to blame for a maritime tragedy, victims may be eligible to obtain compensation for medical expenses related to their injuries, lost wages, and even punitive damages for pain and suffering.
Yet, determining liability in a boat, cruise, or commercial vessel accident is not always easy – especially when international laws are at play. Working with a lawyer who knows and understands the intricacies of these laws can drastically affect the outcome of a case, increasing the victim’s chances of obtaining a successful verdict. An attorney will thoroughly investigate and review the individual details pertaining to a case, and will be able to determine whether negligence played a role.
Seek legal counsel if you or a loved one were injured in a maritime accident due to any of the following:
• Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
• Vessel operator or crew member inexperience
• Operator distraction
• Faulty equipment
• Unsafe shipboard conditions
• Unsecured cargo
Retaining the Services of an Experienced Attorney
Whether you were involved in a collision with a pleasure craft, suffered injuries while in the service of a commercial vessel, or lost a loved one following an assault crime on a cruise ship, you have the right to seek legal counsel. Our maritime accident lawyers will help you understand your options and will fight for you to obtain the justice you deserve. Contact Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. to schedule a free consultation today.