Dock Risks

Most of the concern over accidents, injuries, and illness on a cruise all relate to the cruise itself. The most famous examples of incidents involving cruises are those that involve food poisoning or the cruise ship crashing into something. It is likely that being attacked by pirates would rank as a higher suspected risk for cruise-goers than one of the much more common incident-causers: the dock.

The truth is, the dock is one of the places people injure themselves most when part of a cruise. According to Louis A. Vucci, P.A., these accidents can be quite serious. Common injuries include broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head trauma, and knee injuries.

A few important points should be made here. First, as Louis A. Vucci, P.A. states on its page, if these accidents have already occurred to you or someone you know, you should contact a lawyer about them, since you may be entitled to compensation. It is likely the injury was not entirely your fault (or the fault of the injured person you know), and there is no reason you should be required to pay those medical bills.

A second point is that these injuries often disproportionately affect the elderly. This makes sense, after all, the elderly are among the largest client base for cruises, so it might be expected for them to injure themselves more often. At the same time, with muscles, bones, and reflexes weakened by age, the elderly are more likely to fall and when they fall, they are more likely to injure themselves seriously.

Finally, the best possible solution for these issues is simply to be careful in the first place. Be more aware of the risks on a dock, and it is far more likely no injury will occur. Docks can be slippery and uneven, which makes them a serious risk (no matter your age) for falling or slipping. Some docks are also unsteady, furthering the risk.

To avoid any accidents, follow these pieces of advice to protect yourself and others when getting on or off a cruise:

Always use a handrail when on a dock. This may seem ridiculous, but having a grip on something can help avoid falling and help minimize injuries when falls occur.

Wear shoes that have a strong grip. It can be comfortable to go barefoot or wear flip flops but stick with tennis shoes.

Walk instead of running. Keep this in mind for children, who are sure to be excited and not paying attention.

And watch out for wet spots.

Following these simple rules will help you avoid getting injured on a dock and will ensure your vacation is as relaxing and carefree as you had been hoping it would be. Remember that the best part of your trip is on the ship, and if you want to enjoy it fully, all you have to do is get over that risky dock. Be careful, and you’re sure to arrive safely onboard and ready for fun.