In 1977, two Boeing 747 commercial planes collided on the airstrip of an airport in the Spanish island of Tenerife, killing 583 of the planes’ total 644 passengers. On January 13, 2012, the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia, one of the largest ships in the world, sank after it hit a rock off Isola del Giglio, Tuscany; 3,206 passengers and 1,023 crew members were onboard the ship during this sea tragedy.
If there is one fact that cannot be denied, it is that people love to travel. But whether one travels by plane, boat, train or car, there is always the possibility of an accident because some people simply become careless or negligent of their duty in observing proper and adequate care, which will help ensure everyone’s safety.
As many as 38 million flights were recorded by the International Air Transport Association in 2014, carrying more than 3.3 billion people to different destinations around the world. The cruise ship industry, for the past two decades, has been providing the most exciting holiday vacations to more than 11 million Americans (about 20 million counting all other nationalities) since the 1990s. When an accident occurs, the number of passengers getting either injured or killed in passenger planes or cruise ship total to hundreds, yet, the number of passengers getting harmed in these modes of transportation is so much more smaller when compared to road accidents, which number to more than four million every year and which injure more than two million and kill more than 30,000 drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
Looking at the 2011 worldwide aviation record, the Aviation Safety Network Database, a non-profit organization, shows 373 passenger fatalities on scheduled commercial flights. Without any intent of regarding the loss of lives as a trivial matter, but the total number of commercial passengers in 2011, which was submitted to the International Air Transport Association, an airline trade organization, was 2.84 billion.
Cruise travels are, likewise, considered as safe modes of travelling, besides being definitely fun and adventurous. Although the International Maritime Organization (IMO) does not have complete accounts of marine casualties, recording only 300 incidents in the past decade as compared to the 644 incidents recorded by Ross Klein, a Sociology professor at the Memorial University Newfoundland, during the same years, it only shows that, like air travel, cruising is also a generally safe means of going to different places.
Regardless of the means of transportation one avails, the law firm Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, explains on its website the right of passengers, who become victims of accidents, to fight for the compensation the law allows them to receive from all parties that may be named liable for the accident. The only thing that differentiates aviation and cruise ship accidents to those involving cars and other road vehicles is the more complicated law that needs to be observed when filing a claims lawsuit. The website of lawyers from the Louis A. Vucci says that cruise line passengers can find help in the future if they sustain an injury during their cruise travel.