An early morning collision occurred on Sunday, November 19th between a boat and barge which left one woman dead and three others hospitalized. The cause of the crash is under further investigation, but according to a news release from the U.S. Coastguard, it was the boat that crashed into the barge around 4:15 a.m. near Bayou Segnette in Jefferson Parish on the day of the incident.
One of the passengers of the pleasure boat was ejected during the collision. The 22-foot boat then veered off, eventually running ashore.
The woman who died in the accident was 26 years old, according to the agency leading the investigation. The three people taken to the hospital ranged in age from 23 to 34 years old. They were taken to the hospital by helicopter where their injuries range from serious to critical.
Maritime accidents like this, unfortunately, happen more often than people think. Many boaters might not be familiar with the laws of the waterways, leading to many different reasons why accidents can happen in the first place.
Common causes of boating accidents include, but are not limited to, mechanical problems, drunken operation of the boat, or failure to follow basic safety precautions (wearing a life jacket). These risky boating habits can result in injury or even death of those on the boat in question or even others sharing the water.
Here at Johnstone Carroll, LLC, we proudly serve maritime employees, maritime injury victims, and recreational boating enthusiasts. We handle cases stemming from cruise ships, pleasure boats, cargo ships, tugboats, push boats, barges, oil platforms, etc.
We are well-versed in the Jones Act, which covers a wide variety of ship and boat crews and other workers who are injured. If a crewmember meets the definition of a Jones Act seaman, he or she may be able to hold an employer accountable for injuries stemming from an accident even if it was not caused by the owner or employer, but by other crew members. Of course, the injured party may also be able to claim damages against the employer or owner.
On top of the Jones Act, we know about other remedies and claims available under maritime law.
So if you or a loved one has been injured while a passenger on a boat or while working on a boat, contact us. We will work to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
Call 205.509.1226 today to set up a free initial consultation and begin discussing your maritime accident claim.
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