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March 2013 Archives

Cruise lines urged to adopt passenger "Bill of Rights"

Cruise ships have come under fire in the media lately in light of a series of mishaps on cruise ships. First, the Costa Concordia disaster grabbed headlines. And, more recently, a Carnival cruise ship was stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire wiped out the ship's power.

Study shows importance of seatbelt use for expecting moms

The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be serious for anyone, including the drivers of any vehicles involved, their passengers and other road users. In addition to property damage to vehicles and possibly roadways, parties may be on the hook for financial losses while trying to recover from significant injuries.

2012 was a landmark year for commercial aviation safety

According to the research organization Aviation Safety Network, 2012 was the safest year for commercial air travel since 1945. In the United States, it has been more than four years since a fatal commercial air accident occurred, which should make frequent flyers breathe a sigh of relief.

Supreme Court declines to hear Jones Act case

Several months ago on this blog we discussed a federal appeals court decision that helped clarify the meaning of "in the course of employment" for Jones Act claims. The Fifth Circuit, based in New Orleans, held that a man who accidentally shot a coworker onboard a ship was not acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the shooting. The Jones Act is a federal law that allows employers to be held liable for an employee injury at sea if both the victim of the injury and any third party to the accident are acting "in the course of employment." For shipping employees, this traditionally means being on duty.

Are you covered by your insurance?

The phrase "motor vehicle accident" may call to mind a two-car fender bender or multi-vehicle pileup for most people. However, according to insurance industry experts, less than half of all the accidents on the road involve two cars. Many others involve cyclists or pedestrians, poor road conditions, animals in the road or "acts of nature" such as a falling tree, lightning strike or hail. When one car smashes into another, determining who was fault may be very straightforward. Insurance companies will typically assess who was responsible and pay out claims accordingly. But how do you file a claim against a falling tree? Will your insurance cover your property damage and injuries?

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