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Monday, October 27, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation has begun to share information which has been provided by other Federal agencies in order to help cruise ship passengers.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) states that those who operate passenger ships which have more than 50 passengers, and which are leaving from any U.S. port should be capable of reimbursing their customers if the cruise is cancelled for any reason. It also ensures that operators are able to pay for any claims, if they are liable, should a passenger die or be injured. However, the passenger themselves must start the action against the cruise...

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

One of the most common causes of traffic accidents and the resulting injuries and fatalities in the United States is texting while driving. This epidemic has become a major concern for both drivers on the road as well as for pedestrians. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. That means that a driver who is texting while operating a motor vehicle is six times more likely to cause a motor vehicle crash than a driver who is operating under the influence of alcohol.

The NHTSA reports that a driver...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Large trucks – defined as those with a gross vehicle weight of 10,000 pounds or more – account for a significant number of motor vehicle accidents on America’s roads every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 80 percent of fatal accidents on the road in the United States that involve large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes. Compare that to less than 60 percent involving only passenger vehicles and it is clear to see that large trucks are a significant factor in major multiple-vehicle crashes across the country.

Statistically, the numbers for accidents...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A whistleblower who called out a company in Texas on the safety of its highway guardrail end caps has been awarded $175 million by a federal jury. This was the trial of the whistleblower on behalf of the Texas highway commission against the manufacturer of the guardrails. Of note: though this case focused on the federal qui tam case, we at Hickey Law Firm P.A. represent injured motorists against the manufacturer of the defective guardrails in Florida and beyond.

It was determined by the jury that Trinity Industries, Inc. had made misleading and outright false statements to federal regulators when the...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Toyota Motor Corporation issued a recall this week of 247,000 vehicles that were described as having faulty airbags. It said in a statement that the defect could potentially cause the air bags to rupture or ignite – actually catch fire – and cause significant injury. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a plea to owners of nearly 5 million Toyota vehicles to take them to a dealership and have them checked and repaired as soon as possible. The Administration has been working with several car manufacturers recently in an effort to quell the issues that have plagued their...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

When you embark upon a cruise, you assume that you and your family will experience a perfectly safe and gratifying vacation. The unfortunate reality is that cruise ships offer plenty of seen and unseen dangers. In his experience, our Miami cruise ship accident attorney, Jack Hickey, has tried cases where a person was assaulted, raped, or injured while on a cruise. If you've been hurt while traveling aboard a cruise ship, you have rights to file suit against whomever hurt or assaulted you and possibly the cruise ship line as well. Contact our...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

The nation is in the midst of an Ebola scare, and nowhere is this more evident than on a Carnival cruise ship which recently docked in Galveston, Texas. A passenger, who had reportedly come into contact with bodily fluids from an Ebola infected patient and then self-quarantined herself aboard the ship, was still aboard the ship when it docked.

The passenger had self-reported to authorities that she had handled the blood samples of (now deceased) Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. After news of her possible infection broke the ship was refused entry to both Belize and Mexico, before finally being allowed...

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

With all of the talk about the Ebola virus in the media these days, it is no surprise that a passenger aboard a cruise ship was recently quarantined amid suspicion that he (or she) may be infected with the virus. While the potentially affected cruiser is said to have self-quarantined, the fact is that cruise companies do have relatively wide powers to quarantine passengers.  

Upon entering a cruise ship you agree to a so-called cruise contract, which is essentially a document that spells out the cruise company’s powers, among other things. One of these powers is the power to quarantine passengers,...

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Friday, October 17, 2014

The US State Department issued a statement this week saying that a hospital worker who may have handled fluid samples from Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been isolated on board the Carnival cruise ship Magic which is currently headed back to port in Galveston, Texas from the Caribbean. The ship was turned away from the port at Cozumel, the second port to turn the ship away because of the possible contaminant associated with the female worker. There have not been any reports of the woman showing any symptoms of Ebola contamination but the statement issued by the State Department noted that she was...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Police in South Florida reported that a student at Clemson University died this week after falling from a Carnival cruise ship. Investigators with the Miami-Dade police department are looking into the incident which involved 20-year-old Kendall Wernet who lost his life after he allegedly fell two decks in height after he had climbed up the forward mast of the ship. The victim was pushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:24am on Monday morning. According to the police report there was no foul play suspected in the incident and as the investigation stands now it appears to be an accidental...

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