As competition between cruise lines increases, the onboard entertainment offerings become more varied and exciting. Go-karts are a recent addition currently available on only a few ships. But because go-karts have proven to be popular with passengers, it is only a matter of time before more cruise lines add them to their long list of onboard activities. Driving a go-kart carries inherent risks under the best of circumstances. Those risks, and the number of injuries that result from those risks, only increase when you take a go-kart from its normal setting and place it in the unique environment of a cruise ship. Our law firm is exclusively dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those who have sustained injuries on cruise ships, including those related to go-karts.
Go-karts can be exhilarating for all ages. However, with speeds up to 30 mph and being operated in a harsh marine environment by people with little or no experience, they can also be dangerous. If you are going to race go-karts on board a cruise ship, it is important to remember that while you may be taking all the precautions you can, the cruise line may not be doing to same.
Go-kart crashes, collisions, turnovers, and malfunctions on cruise ships can cause serious injuries and permanent damage for cruise passengers.
Some examples of injuries sustained by go-kart accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck and back injuries
If you have been injured in a go-kart accident aboard a cruise ship, you should consult with an attorney. We are intimately familiar with the cruise lines and use that knowledge and experience to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients.
Go-kart Accident Liability
Cruise lines that offer extreme activities aboard their ships often attempt to avoid liability for their own negligence by requiring passengers to sign waivers. Go-karts are no exception. However, in some cases, those waivers may not be enforceable.
One reason cruise lines attempt to avoid liability for activities like go-kart racing is that there are so many ways in which their negligence can cause injuries. For example, if the cruise line failed to properly maintain the go-kart or track it could be held liable. If the cruise line failed to properly train you, the other drivers, or its own employees who are supposed to supervise the activity, it could be held liable. In some cases a third-party may also be responsible for an injury that results from a go- kart accident at sea. A few situations in which that may be the case are when an injury was caused by the negligent installation of the track or the negligent manufacturing of the go-kart. In other cases the cruise line may outsource the entire go-kart operation to a third-party.
With the unique perspective of having defended all of the major cruise lines, we have the advantage of knowing the best strategies to hold cruise lines responsible when their negligence causes an injury during an extreme activity such as go-kart racing. As with cruise ship accidents, the path to finding the person or entity responsible for an injury can be complicated, but we have the experience to navigate those paths and get our clients the results they deserve.
Contact a Cruise Ship Go-kart Attorney
If you have been injured in a go-kart accident aboard a cruise ship you may be entitled to recover for your damages. A maritime attorney can advise you of your legal rights and obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries, time lost from work, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of your cruise vacation. Our firm provides dedicated and diligent counsel to those who have been injured in cruise ship accidents Contact The Probst Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation in Atlanta, Georgia or Weston, Florida.
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