Cruise accidents hit the headlines recently after the Costa Concordia capsized off the coast of Italy last year, but cruise liners actually have an excellent safety record and statistically, you are much more likely to be involved in a road traffic accident than you are cruise accidents.
How common are cruise accidents compared to car accidents?
Cruise accidents are much less common than car accidents, but when a cruiser comes into trouble, the number of casualties is likely to be much higher than a car crash, especially when there is only a single vehicle involved. According to ROSPA, 1754 people lost their lives in accidents on the road last year.
Many thousands more sustained injuries as a result of collisions with other vehicles, trees, posts and fencing. The Costa Concordia was one of a handful of ships that experienced severe difficulties at sea last year but, thanks to quick action from emergency services, many of those aboard were rescued and taken to safety.
Accidents on board a cruise ship
On board a cruise ship, there are the usual hazards that people face in daily life, especially as many cruisers boast entertainment venues, shops, restaurants and bars. Types of cruise accidents and injuries include slips, trips, and falls, which often result in fractures, dislocations and bruising; food poisoning and incidents involving public swimming pools.
The most common type of accident is falls, which are often caused by wet and slippery floors and changes in the level of flooring. Other incidents include falling down stairs and tripping on hidden steps.
Many of the incidents experienced on a cruise ship are similar to those associated with travel abroad. If you’ve had an accident abroad, become ill while travelling or been involved in a road traffic accident you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
How can I make a claim?
If you’ve suffered injuries or experienced illness through no fault of your own and the incident occurred within the last 3 years, contact Accident Advice Helpline. The firm’s expert lawyers have more than 13 years of experience in handling a range of claims, from personal injury compensation to work accident claims.
Most clients do not even have to go to court as all the information the legal team needs can be gathered via telephone. Visit the website and compete the straightforward 30 second test to see if you could claim compensation.
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Author: David Brown