Maritime News & Info

On Friday, May 2nd a fatal boating accident happened on Smith Mountain Lake after two boats collided. The occupants of both boats were participating in a late-night fishing tournament when the accident occurred. The operator of one boat was possibly speeding when it crashed into another. Sadly, one man was killed. Another man is currently in the hospital with serious injuries. The Department of Game and Fisheries said that speed was a factor in the accident, and charges are pending.

A police boat in Norfolk, Virginia overturned during a motor test, injuring two civilians along with three police officers, according to authorities.

The police were reportedly testing the boat’s motors off of a local marina when the boat overturned; two civilians were subsequently brought to the shore along with three police officers, where they were evaluated by paramedics before being transported to two local hospitals. The rescue was assisted by two response boats and a helicopter.

I sincerely hope that the injured parties make a swift recovery; as a Norfolk, Virginia-based maritime injury lawyer, I know how injurious boat injuries and boat accidents can be, given the danger of the water and the possibility that medical assistance is far away at the time.

The United States Coast Guard has announced that it will conduct surprise inspections on numerous cruise ships for the rest of the year.

The inspections will be brief and will work to avoid the delay of a cruise ship’s schedule; only serious flaws in a ship’s management that expose passengers or crew to danger will merit a longer examination. The unannounced inspections will come in addition to the routine Certificate of Compliance exams to which cruise ships are already subject, and are intended to provide officials with a “snapshot” of a cruise ship’s maintenance when maritime inspectors are not normally on-board. Conditions such as fire hazards, lifesaving equipment and other vital services will be inspected for compliance.

As a personal injury lawyer with a specialty in maritime injury, I applaud the coast guard’s move to ensure that all cruise lines are safe for passengers and crew. As we’ve seen in recent months and years, some cruise ships are dangerous and hazardous places that present serious health and injury concerns to passengers. Making sure that ships are in compliance with standard safety rules is critically necessary in ensuring the least amount of passenger injury or fatality. When you’re on a cruise, you’re on vacation—you shouldn’t worry about being in the hospital.

Virginia Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer | Maritime Injury AttorneyOver a hundred passengers of the Carnival Triumph are suing the cruise line due to the 2013 incident that left the cruise ship drifting for days.

The lawsuit comes after last year’s February 2013 event in which Carnival Cruise Lines’s “Triumph” cruise ship suffered an engine fire on the ship’s return from Cozumel. Without power for days, the ship drifted on the Gulf of Mexico; with no working toilets or air conditioning, the passengers were forced to endure awful and unhealthy conditions until rescue could arrive. Carnival Corp claims that the safe return, full refund, complimentary cruise in the future and a $500-per-person payout should be sufficient.

The “Triumph” incident was simply awful—one can only imagine what the passengers went through while stranded on a non-functioning cruise ship for days. Some of the conditions on the ship seem too awful to describe. As a maritime injury lawyer,  I know how injuries suffered at sea can stay with people for the rest of their lives, and I know that ship operators and cruise corporations have an indubitable responsibility to provide safe lodgings and a harm-free experience for their passengers whenever they are out on the ocean.

Virginia Cruise Ship Accident Lawyer | Maritime Injury AttorneyA passenger on a cruise ship in the Chesapeake Bay was medevaced due to a possible head injury, authorities report.

According to the Cost Guard and Virginia Beach fire crews, a 93-year-old man on a cruise ship in the Bay may have suffered a head injury; the Coast Guard and several members of the VBFD responded in a smaller boat at around 1:30 in the morning, taking the injured man and his wife to a nearby coast guard station, wherein they were transported by ambulance to a local Virginia Beach hospital.

I sincerely hope that the injured man is okay—one does not expect to suffer such an injury while on vacation, and being injured on a cruise ship can be particularly frightening and potentially fatal, given how distant such a vessel can be from major medical resources. As a maritime injury lawyer located near Virginia Beach, I know that operators of cruise ships have a responsibility to ensure that their passengers are safe and their facilities are free from any dangers to the guests. If the cruise line was negligent in ensuring a safe environment, then they may be liable for the injured man’s medical expenses and hospital bills.