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Do you need to worry about a terrorist attack at sea?

On Behalf of | Jan 22, 2016 | Wrongful Death

The recent string of terrorist attacks are not just concerning to people here in the United States, they’re alarming to the rest of the world as well. Knowing that an attack can happen anywhere and at anytime is very disconcerting, especially because they oftentimes end in injury or even death.

But while commercial travel hotspots like airports and train stations the world over tighten security procedures to ensure traveler safety, there is one mode of transportation some feel is being overlooked: cruise ships. As a recent Yahoo Travel article points out, some cruise ships can hold up to 6,000 people, including passengers and crew. The question becomes: how likely are they to become injured or killed in a terrorist attack?

Though an attack at sea would take considerably more planning and organization than land attacks, explains the article’s author, the threat is still there. There is also the fact that many cruise ships offer passengers the chance to leave the ship during ports of call. When this happens, passengers and crew are most at risk of a terrorist attack.

It’s important to point out, however, that the risk of a terrorist attack also increases depending on where the boat is in the world. Current tensions in the Middle East and Mediterranean could leave tourists vulnerable, though this statement is only speculation.

Thankfully, those injured or killed while in the care of a cruise line may seek compensation under the Jones Act. It’s important for our New York readers to remember though that seeking compensation for injuries or wrongful death is a difficult and lengthy process. Filing a claim without the help of a qualified maritime lawyer is a risky call that could end up costing you in the end.