Pilots of recreational boats and personal watercraft typically have similar duties as drivers of vehicles on land. They have a duty to pilot their craft with reasonable care and avoid boating while under the influence of alcohol. Similar to motor vehicles on land, they also have speed limits and other requirements. As is the case with motor vehicles on land, all too many boaters ignore the rules. In some cases they even assume the laws are not applicable because they are no longer on land.
On a cruise ship or a commercial vessel like a fishing craft, crew and passengers put their safety in the hands of the pilots and other crew members. Usually, that trust is well-deserved, but as our experience has shown, that trust can is all too often betrayed. Commercial ships of any kind are part of a business, and unfortunately some businesses would rather risk the lives of their crew or passengers rather than missing out on additional profit. Because these vessels are not necessarily registered in the United States, they may feel impervious from the law on land. Additionally, with regard to cruise ships, many cruise lines require passengers to sign lengthy and often confusing contracts.
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries suffered on offshore excursions
- Swimming pool accidents and drownings
- Inadequate medical care provided
- Contaminated beverages or food
- Collisions with other vessels
- Assaults by other passengers or even crew members