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Navigational Accidents at Sea Remain Steady

Despite new technology and increased regulations, a marine insurance company has found that navigational accidents have remained steady. Navigational accidents include collisions with other ships, contacts and groundings. The finding comes from the company's report that analyzed the insurance claims that were filed from 2003 to 2014. With the advent of GPS technology and improved communications systems, it would seem that these types of accidents would decrease. However, the report clearly shows that is not the case.

What Is Causing Navigational Accidents?

The insurance company that released the report reviewed its investigations into the navigational claims and found some underlying themes that contributed to the accident.

Some of the common factors amongst the accidents include:

  • Workers not complying with standard safety procedures
  • Poor communication amongst ship crews
  • Poor communication between independent ships
  • Ineffective training for ship crews and captains
  • Lack of situational awareness

By analyzing common threads in past navigational accidents, the report provides invaluable information about why most of these accidents occur and what can be done to help prevent them in the future. The report shows that most navigational accidents are not caused by a single mistake, but by a chain of mistake that can typically be broken with better communication and situational awareness.

Injured in a Navigational Accident?

If you have been injured while on a vessel that was involved in a navigational accident, you should consult with an experienced offshore injury attorney as soon as possible. Workers who are injured offshore are covered by the Jones Act, a very specific piece of maritime law. It is important that you have an attorney who is familiar with the Jones Act to make sure that all of your legal rights are protected and that you receive all of the benefits that are provided to you under the Jones Act. Contact our offshore injury attorneys today for a free consultation.

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