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Passengers suing cruise line for bus accident injuries

Cruise lines typically market themselves as luxury voyages that deliver amazing experiences all on one ship, And whether the ships sail around Alaska or tropical islands, cruise lines promise to deliver pleasure and enjoyment for all passengers.

Unfortunately, cruises can take a painful turn in the event that a passenger is injured, which can easily happen, considering all the amenities and activities offered on cruise ships. Oftentimes, the cruise line can be held liable for injuries suffered on the ship. In fact, there may even be cases made for a cruise line being liable for injuries suffered on land as well.

That is what several passengers are trying to establish in their recent lawsuit against Royal Caribbean. They are arguing that the cruise line should be liable for the injuries to 18 people who were in a bus accident.

According to reports, the passengers were on one of the stops during a five-trip cruise, arranged by Royal Caribbean. They got on a tour bus, which was operated by a different party. The driver was evidently driving erratically and nearly hit an oncoming truck. The bus swerved out of the way at the last second and flipped over numerous times as a result; 18 of 21 people on the bus were injured.

The victims are arguing that because Royal Caribbean arranged and offered the excursion, and because it was marketed as a Royal Caribbean trip, the cruise line should be held accountable for any injuries resulting throughout the five-day trip.

It is not yet known if a court will agree with the passengers' arguments, but this case does highlight the fact that cruise ships often work with other businesses and third parties. In the event of an accident, it may not always be immediately clear who may be legally liable for damages. 

In situations similar to the one discussed in this post, it can be critical for cruise ship accident victims and their families to discuss legal responsibility with an attorney experienced in maritime accidents.

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