What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Tanker Accident?

Under maritime laws such as the Jones Act, if you are hurt in a tanker accident due to negligence or unseaworthiness, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages, hospital bills and more. However, proving your employer’s dangerous operations or mistakes led to your injury can often be difficult without the assistance of a qualified attorney.

Our nationwide maritime trial lawyers have been successfully helping maritime workers and their families hold those at fault for their pain and suffering accountable and recover the compensation they are owed for over 50 years.

Memorial Bridge Damaged in Maine Tanker Accident

On March 7, an oil tanker crashed into the Memorial Bridge, which connects Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat.

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The tanker accident happened about 5:15 a.m. when the 600-foot vessel, which was headed out to sea on the Piscataqua River after unloading diesel fuel at the Sprague Oil terminal in Newington, struck the Memorial Bridge.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the collision, which caused no structural damage to the bridge. However, the fender system, which was installed to protect the crossing, did sustain damage in the wreck.

“In this case, one of the fender panels was completely knocked off and two others adjacent to that were damaged,” New Hampshire Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton said. “They were essentially scraped.”

The tanker, which sustained hull damage in the accident, was permitted to continue traveling to its next stop after the crash, the Gulf Terminal in Portland, Maine. At the time of this report, the incident was still under investigation by the Coast Guard.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a tanker accident, call our office today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney. 

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Source: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140308/GJNEWS_01/140309391