Q: What risks are caused by being aboard a tour boat in Houston?
There are plenty of opportunities for locals and tourists alike to see Houston by boat throughout the year. Companies that own and operate tour boats have a responsibility to properly maintain their vessels, provide adequate safety equipment, and comply with maritime regulations.
When they fail to do so, the consequences for injury victims can be devastating.
Common Types of Tour Boat Accidents
Guests and workers aboard tour boats entrust their safety to the company and employees charged with maintaining and operating the vessel. Unfortunately, negligence can quickly transform an exciting excursion into a tragic event.
Typical Houston tour boat accidents include:
- Collisions. When a tour boat operator is inexperienced or distracted, the vessel may collide with other boats, a pier, or a dock. This can result in passenger and crew head and neck injuries.
- Overcrowding. Tour boat operators are often tempted to overload their vessels with passengers, since more guests mean more money. Too much weight leads to instability, causing the boat to fill with water and capsize. Crew members and passengers risk hypothermia, and even drowning, in these accidents.
- Overboard accidents. Tour boat operator errors or recklessness, such as speeding, making sudden stops, or taking sharp turns, cause passengers and crew to lose their footing and fall overboard. This is particularly true when a vessel lacks proper railing systems to keep people safe.
Seeking Medical Attention
Whether you were a crew member or passenger when a tour boat accident occurred, you should get medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
If the owner or operator of the vessel is guilty of negligence, they can be held liable for the harm you’ve suffered. An experienced maritime injury attorney can help you receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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