Cruise Ship Disaster Teaches Importance of Safety Procedures In Charlotte

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

After the cruise ship Costa Concordia cap-sized off the coast of Tuscany, reminding many of the Titanic, the media promptly began questioning the safety procedures of the ship's owner and the cruise line industry as a whole. According to Helen Kearns, a spokeswoman for the European Union transportation commissioner, the cruise line industry has expanded in recent years. The ships have increased in size to accommodate the increase in passengers. The increase in the size of these vessels has raised substantial questions whether the crew and passengers receive adequate information and training regarding various safety procedures. Obviously, it is harder to manage a larger number of people on a larger ship. Furthermore, individuals on vacation want to relax rather than spend large amounts of time learning safety procedures. However, according to passengers aboard the Costa Concordia, they were never required to attend safety meetings despite cruise line policies. Passengers also claim that the crew members were confused and unprepared to act as the ship cap-sized. The later allegation clearly indicates the necessity of such training.

Other questions that have been raised are concerned with the captain's discretion in the cruise ship's route, especially given the advances in technology that exist to keep ships on the proper route. According to officials, a company director normally transmits the proper course to the captain and a navigating officer, who are instructed to follow the course. The chairman of Costa Corciere claims the vessel was properly routed, and the sole reason the ship veered off course was a result of the captain's unapproved actions.

The captain claims the ship hit an uncharted rock. However, given the extensive technology that exists on the bridge of a cruise ship, it seems odd that a crew member would not have seen the rock struck on one of various pieces of equipment at their disposal. As a result, the ship's captain faces criminal charges for manslaughter and abandonment of the ship.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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