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Port Collision

The growth of global trade activities has caused an increase in vessel traffic in some ports and waterways. Ports are major economic centers in coastal areas, they do not only serve as suppliers of jobs, but they also provide a crucial connection between sea and land transportation. For many companies or industries, seaway transportation is cheap and effective compared to other systems. Nevertheless, the increase in port activities has made it complicated to manage vessel traffic. Additionally, in port areas, many various activities are performed; cargo handling services, mooring, towage, infrastructure services, etc. and the ports become a means of integration into the global economy.

However, the maritime sector has become a driving force of international trade and in the global economy. Employees in the maritime industry perform various services ranging from the transportation of goods to other related services – emergency repairs, tug assistance, etc. – and supporting services such as warehousing and handling cargo. With all the activity that transpires in a port, navigators must be attentive and vigilant. The port can be a tight space and requires careful maneuvering on the part of the captain of the ship or whoever is responsible for navigation. Any mistake could cause the ship to collide with another vessel (docked or in transit), into land, or with structures in the port. A port collision can cause many injuries, to the people working or occupying a ship. Various federal laws allow those injured in a ship collision to seek compensation for their damages.

Seattle, WA Port Collision Injury Lawyers

If you were injured due to an accident near harbor involving a ship hitting another ship or some other structure, a maritime injury attorney can help you recover. Whether you were on the ship, port, or if you were a crew member on the ship that caused the collision, a maritime injury attorney can help you review your legal options. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC, we have years of experience with maritime accidents, and we are aware of the laws and regulations that surround the maritime industry. We work tirelessly and invest our resources to fight for the justice you deserve.

Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 or send us an online message to schedule a free consultation with an experienced maritime attorney. We represent clients in federal and state courts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Alaska, Oregon and California. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC, we will be with you every step of the way, with offices in Seattle, Bellingham and other locations in the Pacific Northwest.


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Crash Victims On Board Ships

A seaman on board a ship performing his or her job is covered under the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also called the “Jones Act.” The Jones Act allows seamen who are injured due to negligence to seek compensation from their employers for their injuries.

A port collision may occur because the captain or person in charge of navigation was not sufficiently careful. A responsible captain knows to be very careful when heading into a harbor, as there are many hazards. The failure to show reasonable caution may constitute negligence.

A collision victim may also seek compensation from the vessel owner if the crash was caused because the ship was unseaworthy. Problems with the engine or rudder that cause the ship to go too fast or lack precision in turning may indicate that the ship was not fit to be in the water.

If you were on a ship that was in a collision, an attorney at Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC can assist you in seeking the compensation you deserve from the responsible party.


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Harbor Workers Injured in a Collision

A ship can also run aground or smash into structures in the port. For the many people working in the harbor, this can cause serious and even deadly injuries. When such an accident happens, injured workers should seek legal counsel to assist them in obtaining the compensation they deserve from the responsible parties.

Additionally, longshoremen, harbor workers, port crane operators, stevedores and others hurt in a port collision can recover through the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. The LHWCA operates similarly to worker’s compensation. A qualifying employee can receive up to two-thirds of their weekly pay while they are on leave for medical reasons, as well as all reasonable medical expenses.

If the employer for any reason delays or denies payments, an attorney can help obtain the compensation the employee deserves.


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Additional Resources

Bureau of Transportation Statistics | Port Performance – The Bureau of Transportation Statistics provides annual reports for the “Nation’s largest container, tonnage, and dry bulk ports.” The link directs you to the Port Profiles which is an interactive map of the port locations for container, tonnage, and dry bulk ports in the United States. Furthermore, the map also reveals information such as the description of the port, an overview, and the location. The individual profiles of the port consist of a link to the website of the specific port, graphical representation of top commodities for a specific year within that port, and much more.


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Attorneys for Port Collisions in The Pacific Northwest

If you were hurt while working on a ship or at a harbor because either the ship you were on or another ship caused a collision and you were injured in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Alaska, California, or Oregon, our lawyers can assist you in recovering for your injuries. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC, we represent maritime workers who have been injured on the job. Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule a consultation.

If you were injured in an accident from a maritime port collision, and the accident was caused by the reckless and careless actions of your captain or employer, you may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained. At Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski, PLLC, our skilled maritime Seattle attorneys understand the complexities of maritime laws. We service clients in Washington – including Seattle and Bellingham –Portland, Oregon, Alaska, and California – including San Francisco and Los Angeles.


This article was last updated on Wednesday, March 5, 2020.

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