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What are the most common types of maritime accidents?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2021 | Maritime Law |

Each day, large ships transport items throughout Louisiana and the rest of the world. Unfortunately, each of these ships carries the risk of getting involved in accidents. These accidents can involve other ships or only a single vessel. With that in mind, here’s more information about the most common types of maritime accidents.

1. Ship grounding

As you know, ships are large transportation vessels. However, you might not realize how far down the bottom of ships are while they’re in the water. This is why many accidents involving ship grounding take place. Ship grounding happens when a ship’s bottom begins scraping an ocean bed.

2. Cruise ship mishaps

Many people love unwinding by going on a cruise. Unfortunately, going on a cruise means risking the possibility of being the victim of a cruise ship accident. Considering the number of people typically onboard these ships, cruise ship-related incidents often become involved in maritime law claims.

3. Offshore oil rig accidents

Another common type of maritime accident involves offshore oil rigs. Some of the most hazardous and well-known offshore rig accidents involve large amounts of oil spilling into the ocean.

4. Crude oil cargo ship explosions

It’s easy to confuse oil rigs with oil tankers. Instead of working to extract oil, these ships transport it from one location to another. Considering that oil is extremely flammable, rigs transporting this material can sometimes be the location of deadly explosions and fast-spreading fires.

As you can see, many types of maritime accidents can occur. If you were a seaman involved in this type of accident, it might be time to contact a maritime law attorney. Having an attorney in your corner might help you receive compensation for your damages.