Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
When passengers attend on-shore excursions supervised by a cruise ship company, they expect that they will be safe from harm. Unfortunately, car accidents can occur while passengers are being transported to and from excursions by the cruise ship company. Cruise ship excursion motor vehicle accident lawyers such as Louis A. Vucci, P.A. understand that serious injuries can occur as a result of these car accidents. Those who have been injured in a car accident while being transported by a cruise ship employee should not have to face the recovery process alone, and a lawyer can help.
Louis A. Vucci, P.A. have extensive experience protecting the rights of cruise ship passengers and the responsible cruise line accountable if a passenger is severely injured while under their care. Our legal team is dedicated to helping those who have been injured in car accidents while on a cruise navigate the legal process and pursue compensation. Cruise ship companies must ensure the safety of their passengers by following strict safety standards. If a cruise ship company is responsible for causing your injury, an attorney can be instrumental in helping you receive the compensation you deserve to pay your medical bills and help you move on with your life. Don’t wait until it is too late to file your claim and receive the compensation you are owed. Contact us by phone at (786) 375-0344, by filling out a contact form on our site, or by chatting with us live today.
Do I need a lawyer?
Cruise ship accidents are often handled in a different manner than the average injury claim. Cruise ship lawsuits need to take into account the specific maritime laws, regulations, and the contractual agreements that are put in place by the cruise-lines. If you have been hurt while on a cruise ship, on a tender, or while in a motor vehicle while on a cruise, you need the experience and counsel of a qualified cruise ship accident lawyer to help examine your claim and advise you of your options.
Why Choose Us?
Louis A. Vucci, P.A. has spent over a decade fighting for the rights of injured cruise ship passengers, and we have secured compensation for those who have been hurt through no fault of their own. Our focus and experience with this very specific area of law give us an advantage over others: we understand these particular cases and we know how the system works. We know what it takes to build a strong case on your behalf and get you the compensation that the cruise line owes you for your injuries. Contact us at (786) 375-0344 to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case today.
Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents involving passengers and cruise ship company drivers can occur for a number of different reasons. Some of the common causes of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Negligent driving – If a driver fails to operate a vehicle in the correct manner, drives while distracted, or fails to obey the rules of the road, a serious injury accident is likely to occur. We have successfully handled cases involving negligent driving and can help you with your claim.
- Driving while intoxicated – We count on drivers who are employed or contracted by the cruise line to be sober when behind the wheel. If they fail to do so and an accident occurs, not only could the driver be responsible for your injuries, but the cruise line may be responsible as well.
- Aggressive or reckless driving – Drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles in a safe and secure manner at all times, especially when transporting passengers. If they choose to drive aggressively or in a reckless manner and a crash occurs, the passengers may have grounds to file a personal injury suit against the cruise line.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident while in the care of a cruise ship company, compensation may be available to help pay for your medical bills, as well as additional expenses and your pain, suffering, and mental anguish. You do not need to suffer unnecessarily due to an injury that was not your fault. Contact Louis A. Vucci, P.A. at (786) 375-0344 to discuss the details of your case today.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a cruise ship passenger, you have a right to expect that the cruise line has your safety in mind at all times, whether you are aboard the ship, on a tender, on an excursion on shore, or on a cruise-affiliated motor vehicle. If you are hurt in an accident, you likely do not know where to turn for help. A serious injury often comes with mounting medical bills and other expenses that you likely cannot pay on your own, and you shouldn’t have to. Contact us today to ask any questions you may have about your legal options at (786) 375-0344. In addition, we have provided the answers to a few frequently asked questions below:
What is maritime law?
Cruise ships and “common carriers” as they are often referred to, are beholden to admiralty law, otherwise known as maritime law. While accidents on land are handled by tort law, accidents at sea are governed by admiralty law in most cases. This law states that cruise lines must exercise “reasonable care” when it comes to the safety of all passengers, and if they are hurt on a cruise, they may be held liable for all injuries that result from negligence or intentionally harmful actions, regardless of the intent or fault.
By purchasing a ticket, did I sign a contract with the cruise line?
The back of your cruise ticket does include legal clauses that you should be aware of. They often include clauses regarding the time limit for filing claims (notice requirement clause), where the suit can be filed (forum-selection clauses), and have limited-liability waivers that often release the cruise operator from being sued for things like “emotional-distress”. It is important to carefully read your ticket, because some of the clauses may alter the timelines in which you have to file an injury claim. Maritime law typically grants injured parties a three-year window in which to file a lawsuit if they’ve been hurt, but the notice requirement clauses put in place by some operators may shorten the time frame in which you have to file a claim for your injuries. For some, the window may be only 12 months for a physical injury, and sometimes only days after the incident for non-physical harm.
How much will it cost me to hire an attorney?
When you work with Louis A. Vucci, P.A., your representation will not cost you anything up front. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that we will not collect anything unless we recover the compensation that you deserve. Your initial consultation with us is completely confidential and is free of charge, and when we take your case, we will not collect a dime unless you get paid. That’s our commitment to you, our client. We will handle all of the hard work and will fight to get you the fair compensation that the cruise line rightfully owes you, and if you don’t win, we don’t get a thing.
In order to ensure their safety, cruise ship employees must be extremely careful while driving passengers around on excursions. Those who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents during cruise ship excursions have the right to pursue compensation from the liable company. Louis A. Vucci, P.A. is proud to stand up for those who have been injured. Call (786) 375-0344 today to speak with a motor vehicle accident lawyer prepared to fight for your legal rights.