As a Royal Caribbean cruise ship was traveling from New Jersey to the Bahamas, the ship struck very bad weather that put all passengers and crew members at risk for suffering significant injuries or death. At the time the ship took off for the Bahamas, it was already known that a storm would be encountered. However, the storm turned out to be much more dangerous than predicted, and passengers experienced winds up to a speed of 125 miles per hour, stating that the ship was nearly at a 45-degree angle. While all passengers survived without significant physical injuries, questions remain as to why the ship took off, and why the ship put so many passengers at risk.
The cruise ship accident attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano know all too well that some cruise ships take action that compromises passenger safety. Bad weather can certainly occur at any given time, and storms can turn out to be much worse than initially predicted. When individuals have suffered injuries as a result of cruise ship accidents, our attorneys have always worked diligently to hold the cruise ships accountable if they are at fault for our clients' injuries.
In this particular situation, the weather predictions indicated that wind speeds may be more than 50 miles per hour, and the storm had been forecast for many days before the time the Royal Caribbean cruise ship left New Jersey. While passengers were informed that there would be bad weather, they were not informed of just how severe the weather was going to be. 50 mile per hour winds are significant, and many passengers may have decided to skip the cruise if they knew the winds would be this strong.
The fact that the winds turned out to be nearly hurricane-like demonstrates that cruise ships must take weather much more seriously, as they should know how bad weather can turn to extremely bad weather in a matter of minutes. Royal Caribbean did apologize to all 6,000 passengers of the cruise ship, stating that they must do better in the future to prevent this kind of situation from happening again.
It is a miracle that all passenger survived this storm without extensive injuries, but there will still be a scar in the minds of many passengers. The emotional trauma can severe for some who have gone through a dangerous experience like this. Hopefully, this cruise ship mishap will provide guidance for cruise ship executives and operators in the future so that they don't compromise passenger safety again.
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Many injured individuals either contact an attorney too late or don't contact an attorney at all. Often, people who suffer injuries do not realize that someone else may be responsible for causing them pain and suffering. As such, if you or a loved one has suffered injuries related to a cruise ship accident, it may be time to discuss the matter with a South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorney. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we have more than 130 years of combined professional experience helping individuals just like you recover for what has happened to them. We have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and have also been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. To speak with a South Florida Cruise Ship Accident Attorney about your potential case, contact Greenberg, Stone & Urbano today by calling (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation. You may also contact us online by visiting our website.