On July 7, 2010, the amphibious sightseeing tour boat, Ride the Ducks, experienced mechanical difficulty while on the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The master or captain, had smelled smoke and turned the engine off. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the driver of the boat attempted to send a distress signal to a barge that was headed straight into the path of the Duck Boat, but it went unaddressed. In a frantic attempt to alert the approaching barge, the captain of the Duck Boat tried to send an airhorn alert, but that also failed. The barge collided with the sightseeing boat, plunging all of the passengers into the water, killing two Hungarian students.
The legendary Beasley Law Firm, boating accident, maritime injury and wrongful death lawyers were retained to represent many of those passengers that were victims of that fatal boating accident.
Maritime accidents are incidents that occur in or around a body of water. Maritime accidents can involve pleasure boats, motorboats, sailboats, crabbing vessels, fishing boats, ferries, sightseeing boats, towboats, tugboats, party boats, cruise ships, jet skis, canoes, kayaks, tubing, white water rafting, water ski’s, or parasailing, in addition to others.
Boat Crash Causes: Holding Negligent Parties Liable
Catastrophic injuries or death in or around the water can occur due to several different reasons. Many times, boating accidents causing catastrophic injuries and deaths are caused by an inexperienced, unlicensed, intoxicated, or impaired vessel operator. Alcohol, certain medications, or recreational drugs can cause slower reflexes, bad or impaired judgment, erratic driving, and the potential to navigate away from the suggested path. On July 3, 2010, just weeks before his wedding, a New Jersey man suffered a fatal traumatic brain injury after an intoxicated, speeding, boat driver crossed over a wake, causing the bow to become airborne and landing on top of the other boat. Bad weather, poor visibility, or operating a boat where it should not be can also cause boating accidents. In addition, there could also be product defects, malfunctions, or improper maintenance of sails, propellers, anchors, failure to maintain a proper look out, seat defects, roll bar defects, safety harnesses, navigation equipment, communication equipment, ineffective drains, power failures, and improperly treated swim platforms, ladders, stairways or boat floors with an appropriate non-skid surface. Many times, there is improper ventilation of the engine and vessel fuel systems leading to fire and explosions.
In one of our maritime death cases, an individual was electrocuted when a power tool he was using came into contact with water in a vessel cavity.
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, the Carnival Cruise luxury liner, Ecstasy, had to make a very quick sharp turn to avoid a partially submerged buoy that the cruise ships radar did not detect. The sudden shift in the vessel caused some of the passengers to fall or be thrown from their beds. 60 people were injured due to tumbling debris or falls.
Any type of Maritime, water related accident, or boating accident can cause lacerations or cuts, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, internal organ injuries, hypothermia, physical and psychological trauma, spinal cord injuries, drowning, and even death.
Landmark Cases Speak Louder than Promises
Several Beasley firm boating and maritime accident lawyers are avid and passionate boaters with more than 50 years of sailing and motor boating experience.
We understand what can go wrong and who to hold accountable when an unfortunate boating disaster strikes victims and their families, leaving them with bills to pay and nobody to turn to.
Since 1958, the experienced product liability, wrongful death, and negligence lawyers of the legendary Beasley Law Firm have aggressively represented individuals injured and family members of those killed in or around a body of water. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a boating or water accident, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia maritime attorneys at (888) 823-5291. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free, no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.
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