Florida Leads the Nation in Fatal Crashes Involving Drivers Over 65

Every year, Americans over the age of 65 move to the Sunshine State for rest and relaxation and to live out their retirement years.  Others choose to visit several months out of the year, and are commonly referred to as ‘snow birds.’ Florida has a sizeable senior population and according to a recent study, Florida leads the nation in the number of deadly car crashes involving individuals over the age of 65. Car accidents involving the elderly can happen for many reasons. Depending on the health of the driver, it could be due to failing eyesight or hearing, as well as loss of flexibility and muscle control. Many senior drivers simply do not have the quick reflexes they used to have and are not able to react quickly in dangerous driving situations. Whatever the reason, the Department of Transportation reports that Florida leads the nation in the number of deadly accidents involving senior citizens, with Alachua County leading the urban areas reporting deadly car accidents. According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the senior citizen community in Florida comprises 19 percent of the state’s population, and it is growing by the day. The state currently requires every driver over the age of 80 years old to have their license renewed every six years, although this has been a point of contention amongst many senior drivers. Others question whether six years is frequent enough to ensure that older drivers can safely navigate the roads. The decision to tell your aging loved one that it is time for them to give up the car keys can be a tough one. By...

Elderly Passenger Medevacked from Carnival Cruise Ship

An 80-year-old female passenger was medevacked from a Carnival cruise ship, reportedly after a fall that injured her head.  The fall required immediate medical attention. The passenger was traveling on the Carnival Ecstasy, which was approximately five hours into its five-day Bahama voyage after leaving Charleston, South Carolina. The Coast Guard was notified at 9:15 p.m. ET that a passenger had suffered a head injury after a fall. Due to the nature of the injuries and age of the passenger, the U.S. Coast Guard immediately dispatched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Savannah. The crew met the ship approximately 55 miles east of Savannah, Georgia. They were able to successfully lift her from the ship to the helicopter where the passenger was taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment. One of the most common injuries we see as cruise ship passenger attorneys are slip, trip and falls. Whether it be down a staircase, slipping and falling on the ship’s deck or tripping over a threshold- these falls can result in serious injuries. If you are injured on a cruise it is important to consult with an experienced maritime personal injury attorney. These cases must be filed in Miami Federal Court regardless of where the accident occurred and regardless of where the injured victim is from. We have fought hard to hold cruise lines accountable when they put their profits ahead of passenger safety. We are available 24/7 and encourage you to contact us even if you are still on your cruise. The sooner we can begin our investigation and preservation of key evidence, such as the...

Search Suspended for Royal Caribbean Crew Member Who Went Overboard

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Royal Caribbean crew member who reportedly fell overboard the Majesty of the Seas off the coast of Florida last Thursday. The 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, was seen falling overboard by fellow crew members at approximately 2:35 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast shared an update, confirming that three crews were dispatched to search for the employee, who fell approximately 37 miles off the coast of Hillsboro Inlet in Pompano Beach. “At 6:43 a.m., the U.S. Coast Guard advised the ship that they would be assuming control of the search. The ship was then released from the search and able to continue to Port Everglades,” according to local news reports. The Majesty of the Seas, which was returning from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, returned to Port Everglades later that morning. This incident is similar to another Royal Caribbean overboard incident that occurred last month, during which a 20-year-old Royal Caribbean cruise entertainer went missing. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for 20-year-old cruise ship entertainer working onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Harmony of the Seas. The RCCL employee reportedly went overboard 267 miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico on Christmas Day. The ship’s security camera footage shows Hough entering an area on Deck 5 around 4 a.m., where he was not seen again. When a passenger falls overboard from a cruise ship, the results are almost always deadly. The family members of passengers who die while on a cruise ship may have a viable legal claim against the cruise line when the...

The Air Quality on Cruise Ship Decks- Worse Than We Thought

It turns out that the so-called fresh sea air you breathe in while on a cruise ship may not be as clean and invigorating as you think. In fact, according to a recent study produced by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath, the air just outside of a cruise ship at sea may be more dangerous for the passengers and crew than expected and contain high levels of air pollution that can put your health at risk. The study was conducted by Ryan Kennedy, an associate professor at John Hopkins, who measured the number of ultrafine particles in the air on four different cruise ships, including the Carnival Liberty, the Carnival Freedom, the Holland American MS Amsterdam, and the Princess Cruises Emerald Princess. What Kennedy found was that measurements of these particles was equivalent to locations known for high pollution, including Taipei and Beijing, China. Even more concerning was the fact that many of the worst readings were taken in places that were meant for exercise or children’s activities on the ship. When confronted with the findings, Carnival Cruise Line disputed these tests as “completely ridiculous, inaccurate and in no way represent reality.” Those are some fairly strong words against Kennedy’s findings, which is understandable since all four ships were Carnival ships or ships associated with Carnival subsidiaries. Kennedy’s study counted the particles of pollutants in the air while on-board, which are known as ultrafine or nanoparticles. Each particle is smaller than 0.1 cubic centimeters. When someone inhales a nanoparticle, they enter the bloodstream or brain and can have significant impact on the human body. These particles...

Kid-Free Cruise Vacation Offered by Virgin Voyages

For many adults wishing to go on a relaxing cruise vacation, the thought of having to share this experience with children seems far from a vacation. A cruise can be a wonderful family trip, but many travelers wish to have this vacation without the presence of small children. Luckily for them, Virgin Voyages will be debuting the first ‘adults-only’ cruise, set to depart from Miami in 2020. Virgin Voyages, a company owned by celebrity business mogul, Richard Branson, will be debuting the very first adults-only ship, named the Scarlet Lady, with a voyage from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020. This ship comes decked out what 78 luxury “Rock Star Suites,” all of which are located on the ship’s 15th deck. It also has what are called Mega Rock Star Suites, which will be divided into additional categories, titled Massive, Fab, Posh and Gorgeous. When they say the phrase “rock star,” Virgin means it quite literally. The Rock Star Massive Suite features a music room that comes stocked with guitars, an amp and special private deck, looking out to the front of the ship. These suites also come with a private terrace with a standing hot tub, as well as a “runway” table for entertaining guests. Instead of referring to people who are traveling on the cruise as passengers, Virgin refers to its guests on this ship as “Rock Star sailors.” These “Rock Star sailors” get the VIP treatment with private airport transfers, access to an exclusive terminal pathway, as well as the ability to submit rider sheets, just as if they were real life rock stars. The suites...
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