Dangerous charter boat accidents can happen when captains confuse work and play. Learn how you can hold the charter company responsible.

Who’s to Blame When the Fun Ends on Your Puget Sound Chartered Cruise?

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You may be one of the several thousands of passengers who will take a chartered cruise through Puget Sound, Lake Washington, or Elliott Bay this year. These cruises offer a unique opportunity to experience Seattle from a whole new perspective, all while enjoying time with friends and family. Whether you’re onboard for a wedding, birthday party, work event, or holiday cruise, the experience will be one to remember for a lifetime.

However, that experience could leave you with the unhappy memories of injuries, swimming in cold water, and a hospital visit. Why might your evening on the water turn so sour? In the event that the boat captain decides to get in on the entertainment, everyone’s safety may be compromised.

A party boat experience can quickly turn into a “Booze Cruise,” sometimes initiated by the captain of the boat. When this happens, the captain puts the entire ship and its passengers at risk. Some of the impending dangers include:

  • Capsizing
  • Colliding with another vessel
  • Boat listing
  • Boats drifting off course
  • Mechanical or equipment failures that go unnoticed

Your boat captain is the only one trained to know the specifics of the vessel you’re on. If he or she isn’t acting in a professional manner, then the phrase “going down like a ship without its captain” may truly become a reality.

At the Andrew Kim Law Firm, we’d like to urge you to be safe when planning your next chartered party cruise. Before choosing a charter company, do a little research about the captains employed for each vessel. Look up recommendations online. Ask questions about how long your captain has been operating charter boats.

Be sure that you’re going to be the only ones partying on your trip around the bay, and that your captain plans to be at the helm keeping you all safe on the water.

Category: Boat and Watercraft Accidents


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