In February, a passenger onboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas arrived in San Juan, Peurto Rico. She booked an excursion on the island. While riding the bus to get there, there was a bus crash. The excursion accident injuries sustained caused her to cut her vacation short.
About Excursion Accident Injuries
Cruise ship shore excursion injuries are far too common while visiting ports. Cruise lines often argue that they are not responsible for injuries sustained while onshore. They insist that a signed waiver of liability clause means they are not responsible. Excursions are often run by independent contractors, who also make passengers sign waivers of liability, and the cruise line argues it had no control. However, the law says otherwise. Many things compound to injuries like short safety briefings. Plus, tour operators may not be following rules, regulations or laws. They may not be maintaining equipment and vehicles properly. Reports indicate that vehicles may be missing brake lights, seat belts or proper tire pressure. Missing these basic items could cause an accident. In addition, driver error, unsafe operation, and inexperienced employees sometimes employed only for the season could lead to accidents.
Royal Caribbean Passenger Faces Excursion Accident Injuries
This is what happened to the Royal Caribbean passenger and her family. The bus accident on the way to her excursion in San Juan, Puerto Rico caused her to be airlifted from the island. The entire family departed the cruise ship following the accident. Unfortunately, excurse accident injuries are common. There have been at least seven bus excursions throughout the Caribbean in the last ten years where Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises passengers have been killed or seriously injured.
Cruise Lines Are Liable for Shore Excursion Accident Injuries
Cruise lines have a responsibility to warn their passengers about any known dangers in a port. If the cruise line fails to provide a warning and personal injuries occur, you may be able to hold the cruise line accountable for damages. Most of the time, they will attempt to blame you, the victim. Cruise line officials will try to claim that the waiver of liability you signed or the excursion ticket releases them from liability. They may also claim that the contractor in charge of the shore excursion works independently from the cruise line. They will argue that the contractor, therefore, does not have legal ties with the company.
However, they have an obligation to warn cruise ship passengers of known dangers. Often, an excursion ticket or contract contains clauses saying the cruise line isn’t liable. Yet, a jury can hold them liable in certain circumstances. Courts, generally do not like to enforce such clauses and an experienced complex litigation attorney can stand up for your rights to explain to a court why a particular clause is unenforceable. This paves the way to success in your lawsuit. Therefore, your lawsuit may include the excursion company and the cruise line for neglect.
Don’t Wait to Get Help After an Injury
If you, your child, or your relative suffered a cruise ship related injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Once you disembark, your next step should be to get experienced legal help from a knowledgeable attorney.
At The Michael Brady Lynch Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping injured people get justice and full compensation for injuries caused negligence. Given that lawsuits against cruise ships are in a venue favorable to the cruise lines, it is incredibly important to have an experienced attorney with ample resources to prosecute your claim. The Michel Brady Lynch Firm regularly takes on the largest corporations in the world with a track record of proven success and results. Contact The Michael Brady Lynch Firm today, and our attorneys will review your case for free and help you protect your rights. For your complimentary consultation, call our office now.