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Posted by Edna on Dec 13, 2016

Dock Accidents

Accidents involving cruise ships have been getting more media attention, especially after the tragedy on January 13, 2012, which placed the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia on the limelight. The Costa Concordia is one of the largest cruise ships in the world; it carried more than 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members, when it sank after hitting a rock underwater off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany.

Causes of cruise ship accidents can be natural or products of human negligence or recklessness. Contrary to what many believe that the worst accidents happen to a ship only while it is in the middle of the ocean, fatal accidents can also occur even at the pier, while the ship is docked.

Sometimes an accident that involves a docked cruise ship can turn out really bad because it can cause severe or fatal injuries, not only to passengers and crew members, but to dock workers and/or pedestrians as well. And, with so many cruise liners, freight carriers, and other equipment around, it would be hard to predict the severity of injuries and the degree of physical damage a dock accident can result to.

Some of the accidents that can occur while a ship is in the pier include: slip and fall which can cause mild to serious back injuries; falling cargo or cargo container, which can easily crush a person to death; workers accidentally getting hit by a cargo container (while it is being loaded on a container ship); fire breaking out is a ship’s cargo storage; dock workers being thrown off of their boats while working on a ship’s mooring lines (this usually happens when a ship pulls out from the port too soon, giving workers no time to clear the area).

Accidents occurring in docks can be very burdensome to one who gets injured. Aside from the pain and suffering a victim has to experience, the maritime law can be very confusing for him/her to comprehend, plus the fact that filing a lawsuit against those responsible for the accident (after the tedious process of proving liability) can be done in a specific court only.

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