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Maritime Accident Stats and Importance of Having a Maritime Lawyer


Posted in Get To Know Maritime Law on February 7, 2018


Maritime accidents can have serious and sometimes deadly consequences, and because these incidents occur in offshore waters, you may be unsure of your rights when it comes to filing an injury or wrongful death claim.

Between 2006 and 2015, 810 casualties were reported in the Gulf of Mexico involving large shipping vessels with the top cause of casualties involving machinery damage (31%). If you work as part of a crew, on or near the water, you should be aware that maritime laws are different and more complicated than other areas of the law. With no clear governing body, all claims must be filed in either a state or federal court. The complex nature of maritime law means you should not trust just any law firm to handle your case, you need an experienced and knowledgeable maritime lawyer to represent your claim.

Our dedicated Houston maritime lawyers at Lapeze & Johns understand the dangers of working in the Gulf of Mexico, and we are experienced at holding the liable party responsible. Lapeze & Johns is a contingency law firm, meaning we handle the legal process and cover the expenses up front, so you don’t have any distractions while you recover from your injuries. Maritime accidents are often fatal, and whether you were lucky enough to survive the accident to fight for your own rights or you’re contacting us on behalf of a family member, you can get in touch with us at (713) 739-1010 to get the help you deserve.

Statistics You Should Know

Maritime accident statistics are notoriously hard to find. Corporations do their best to bury information that could damage their reputation, but we are familiar with these types of cases. According to the United States Coast Guard, there were 176 boating accidents in Texas waters in 2016 alone. Forty-eight of these accidents were fatal with 53 individuals losing their lives. Eight accidents were reported for 2016 in the Gulf of Mexico involving recreational vessels, with multiple injuries and one fatality. Between the years 2006 and 2015, 18 shipping vessels were lost in the Gulf of Mexico, and when these large ships capsize, serious injuries occur.

Records from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement indicate that, on average, a worker is injured every 1.3 days in the Gulf of Mexico while working in the oil industry. Although safety has been improved, 11 people lost their lives between 2011 and 2014, which is the most recent year that data is available. During the same amount of time, 989 people sustained injuries from fires, explosions, and maritime collisions while on the job. The nature of working on or near the water is dangerous, and it is important that you know where to turn to for help when accidents happen. Retaining the services of a professional maritime lawyer can help you protect your rights to be fairly and reasonably compensated for being exposed to potentially deadly accidents while offshore.

The one thing all of these accidents have in common is that they are the direct result of human error. The statistics show that the majority of the time, accidents that result in personal injury or death could have been avoided if the responsible party had taken the appropriate precautions.

Lapeze & Johns has made it our mission to fight for the individuals and families who have suffered from a maritime accident.

By turning to us in your time of need, you can go back to focusing on what matters the most right now: spending time with your family and recovering. You have nothing to lose by discussing the details of the accident with one of our attorneys and we are ready to help you as soon as possible. Time is a factor moving forward with your claim, so contact a member of our team at (713) 739-1010. Together, we can make things better for you and your family.