Cruise ships nowadays not only offer vacations in a boat, but they also offer on-shore excursions on the places that they pass by. The various activities that these on-shore excursions can both be enjoyable and fun, but they can also be risky and lead to injuries. The physical nature of these on-shore activities is what makes these on-shore activities dangerous: improper or poor instructions and faulty equipment can lead to accidents. In a cruise ship excursion, it is a common thing to hear about passengers getting scraped knees, bruises, and other minor injuries. There are instances, however, where major accidents that cause serious injuries can occur. When this happens, it is important to know who can be held responsible in order to determine who will pay for the compensation claim.
When it comes to cruise ship on-shore accidents, there may be multiple defendants in a personal injury claim, since more than one company or persons can be held liable for the accident. It is generally understood that the cruise line is responsible for the actions (or inactions) of their agents and employees. For on-shore excursion accidents, the cruise line may share responsibility of the accidents of their passengers, since it is understood that these on-shore activities are believed to be safe. Most cruise lines deny their responsibility with on-shore excursion accidents, which is why it is important for victims to consult with cruise ship injury lawyers to determine and establish a strong case.
Many cruise ships offer on-shore activities but tend to shy away from liability should an accident occur by having these excursion activities have independent contractors. Yet the cruise line still have the authority and responsibility of ensuring that who they hire are competent, and failing to do this and to guarantee the safety of their passengers, then they can still be held liable for the injuries that these on-shore excursion accidents cause. Law states that cruise lines have the duty of informing and warning their passengers of any type of dangers, even on shore. Should they neglect this duty, they can be accountable, thus the importance of consulting and hiring cruise ship accident lawyers to help investigate and determine the compensation claim.Read More