Injured While on Arkansas’ Ports and Waterways? Our Arkansas Tugboat Accident Lawyer Can Help

Tugboat Injuries Oct 2, 2020

Although Arkansas is mostly landlocked by other states, some people may be surprised to know that various waterways are available for vessels such as tugboats to complete a variety of maritime-related jobs and assignments. In Arkansas, popular waterways that are used for shipments of cargo and river transportation include the Port of Little Rock, the Port of Pine Bluff, and various Arkansas river terminals.

The Port of Little Rock provides a central location and encompasses thousands of acres of industrial property, employs several thousand people, and maintains its own railroad. This bustling port is busy with maritime activity each day.  

Located at the Port of Pine Bluff is a 375-acre harbor industrial district with a terminal facility developed by the Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Port Authority, which provides access to low-cost water transportation services.  

Arkansas also has various river terminals easily accessible for water transportation services, such as tugboat services, at the following locations:

  • Arkansas City
  • Dardanelle
  • Dumas/Pendleton
  • Linwood
  • Morrilton
  • North Little Rock
  • Pine Bluff
  • Van Buren

Tugboats Are Commonly Used in Arkansas Waterways

Tugboats are a popular vessel used in many Arkansas waterways that help maneuver other vessels by towing or pushing them. Although they are often used to move other vessels, operating a tugboat that is towing another large vessel is often a dangerous maneuver that sometimes causes accidents and injuries to tugboat workers, passengers, and bystanders. An Arkansas tugboat accident lawyer explains below common accidents and injuries sustained by individuals working on or near an Arkansas tugboat.

Accidents and Injuries Caused by Arkansas Tugboats

Some accidents commonly seen by an Arkansas tugboat accident attorney include:

  • Breathing in fumes from toxic cargo (such as benzene)
  • Collisions with other vessels
  • Equipment breakdowns
  • Mechanical failures
  • Slips and falls due to oily surfaces
  • Falling offboard
  • Improperly lifting heavy cables and lines

These accidents cause various injuries to maritime workers such as fractures and broken bones, drowning, back injuries, amputated limbs, burns, and more. For more information on maritime injury laws, see our article called Maritime Legislation that Protects You.

Special maritime laws such as the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)  apply to various maritime workers depending on their job responsibilities that help workers receive compensation for damages they sustain while working aboard an Arkansas tugboat.  Some examples of damages that may be recovered include, but are not limited to, medical bills, lost wages, costs from rehabilitation, and in some situations, pain and suffering.

Contact an Arkansas Tugboat Accident Lawyer Today

The Willis Law Firm assists workers and their families who suffer from maritime-related injuries.  Have you or a loved one been injured while on a tugboat in Arkansas?  If so, give us a call at 1-800-468-4878 email us through our online webform to find out more about your legal rights and options.

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