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Did Someone Else Cause Your Gulf of Mexico Maritime Accident?


Working in and on the Gulf of Mexico can be a dangerous job for many reasons. The ocean is unpredictable and many kinds of machinery are involved in operating a vessel. The number of things that can go wrong is almost endless.

Each year many maritime accidents occur all over the world, and a host of organizations investigate these accidents. The results of years of research identify these most common types of accidents:

  • Shipyard accidents
  • Offshore drilling platform accidents
  • Accidents on cruise ships
  • Barge accidents
  • Ship grounding
  • Commercial fishing vessel accidents
  • Tugboat collisions
  • Cargo ship and oil tanker mishaps
  • Crane operation accidents
  • Diving support boat accidents
  • Cargo ship accidents

And what do all these mishaps have in common? The answer is very simple. Each is very often caused by human error and frequently results in injury or even death.

To be fair, not all maritime accidents are caused by human error. Sometimes Mother Nature just gets in the way of human work. Hurricanes, wind, and shallow water all play their parts as well. But in the end, no matter how much wind blows, maritime accidents are most often caused by a mistake made by a human being.

A look at the research indicates that human error may play a part in up to 96% of maritime worker deaths. Here are some startling statistics for the number of accidents caused by human mistakes:

  • Tanker accidents: 84%-88%
  • Grounding of tugboats and towing vessels: 79%
  • Vessel collisions (between two vessels): 89%-96%
  • Vessel allisions (vessel hitting a fixed object): 75%
  • Explosions and fires: 75%

And, most accidents occur because of more than one mistake by more than one person. Whether it is a dockworker, a vessel’s crew, an operator, or a company, there is usually someone at fault.

For this reason, if you have been injured in a maritime accident of any kind, it is a good idea to seek legal advice. The Young Firm concentrates in Jones Act and maritime cases and represents injured seamen and their families throughout New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states. Give us a call toll free today at 866-666-5129 for a free case evaluation.



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