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Here are the top 10 reasons for watercraft accidents

Like car accidents, most boat accidents could be prevented. The problem is just that one of the operators involved makes a mistake and causes a crash. There are outside factors that contribute -- storms, rogue waves, etc. -- but it could be argued that even some of these accidents could have been prevented if the operators knew what warning signs to look out for.

In any case, if you want to know why these accidents take place, here at the top 10 reasons experts have found:

  1. Operator inattention
  2. Keeping an improper lookout
  3. Operator inexperience
  4. Excessive speed
  5. Mechanical failure
  6. Alcohol consumption
  7. Water hazards
  8. Weather hazards
  9. Breaking the basic rules of the road
  10. Waves and/or the force of a boat's wake

What are some reasons for truck driver fatigue?

If a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, you now have an 80,000-pound vehicle that is completely out of control. That puts everyone at risk in a heartbeat; even just nodding off for a second can be enough to cause a deadly accident. For that matter, even a tired driver can cause a serious crash without completely falling asleep at all.

Unfortunately, truck driver fatigue is very common. If you have ever felt tired sitting at your desk at work, you know how this feels. Just imagine that your desk is a semi barreling down the road -- with that constant hum and motion to lull you to sleep. It's a dangerous combination.

What to do if you're injured on a cruise ship

Finally having time away from the stresses of work and the grind of daily life is what many people look forward to. Whether you’re enjoying time off with family or are enjoying new experiences by yourself, a cruise is a luxurious and unique getaway. Accidents happen, though, and they don’t care if you’re on vacation or not.

There are unique laws if you or a loved one are injured while on a cruise ship. Personal injury claims will fall under the regulations of maritime law, not the typical laws of the land. These are a few of the ways you can advocate for yourself after an injury on the water.

Workers protected by maritime law in New Orleans

If you are considering entering into the maritime field as a profession you should learn about the law governing this field as much as possible. Maritime jobs are some of the most dangerous in the country.

Working on a ship, dock or other entity related to the water is not easy. There are dangers lurking around every corner. That's why you need to be as safe as possible and know whether your profession is protected under maritime law.

Food to be careful about on cruise ships

Cruise ships are supposed to be a source of fun and relaxation for their passengers. Unfortunately, passengers can sometimes face hidden risks on such ships that could seriously derail their vacation. This includes risks from food.

All manner of foods are served on cruise ships. When food is handled improperly or isn’t prepared or stored in the right way, it can pose significant risks for food poisoning or other food-borne illnesses. Few things can ruin a vacation as quickly as such illnesses. They can have a range of negative health impacts and make life generally miserable for a person when they are in effect.

The Jones Act: What is it, and how does it affect me?

As someone who works in the maritime industry, you probably face hazardous conditions regularly. Maritime jobs are incredibly dangerous; as a result, workers sometimes experience workplace injuries.

When someone is injured on the job, they have the option to apply for workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit seeking damages. But this wasn’t always the case. A law called the Jones Act allows workers the right to seek compensation for their injuries. In this post, we will take a look at the basic principles of the Jones Act and what they mean for you.

How can the Jones Act help if you are injured at sea?

In 1920, U.S. Congress enacted a federal law called the Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act. This act regulates commerce between US ports to ships built, owned and operated by US citizens. This protects commerce in Alaska, Hawaii and offshore US territories.

For maritime workers, it also protects them under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA). They can file workers' compensation claims if they are injured working while at sea, or their families may file a wrongful death lawsuit if their family member dies at sea.

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