Mississippi River Accidents

Mississippi River Accidents, Jones Act

The Mississippi River

Flowing 2,350 miles (3,730km) from Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota to the Mississippi River Delta at the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River is one of the busiest commercial waterways in the world. The Mississippi travels through 10 U.S. states: Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Mississippi River and the Missouri River combine to form the longest river system in North America and the fourth longest river system in the world.

The Mississippi River is generally divided into three sections: Upper Mississippi, Middle Mississippi and Lower Mississippi. The Upper Mississippi flows from its origin in Lake Itasca to St. Louis, Missouri. The Middle Mississippi runs from the Upper Mississippi’s confluence with the Missouri River at St. Louis to its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois with the Lower Mississippi River flowing approximately 1,000 miles from Cairo to the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the major cities along the Mississippi River include: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, St. Cloud, MN, La Crosse, WI, Cape Girardeau-Jackson MO-IL and Dubuque, IA.

An abundance of terminals, ports and docks stretch the length of the Mississippi River System. Mississippi River ports include:

  • Port of St. Bernard
  • Port of Gramercy
  • Port of Destrehan
  • Port of New Orleans
  • Port of Avondale
  • Port of Reserve
  • Port of Prairie du Chien
  • Port of Gretna
  • Port of Red Wing
  • Port of Mississippi County
  • Port Of Memphis
  • Port of New Madrid County
  • Port of Ostrica
  • Port of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Port of Davant
  • Port of Tri-City
  • Port of Rosedale
  • Port of Convent
  • Port of Geismar
  • Port of St. Louis
  • Port Sulphur
  • Port of Prairie du Chien
  • Port of Natchez Adams County
  • Port of Semo
  • Port of Plaquemines
  • Port of Vicksburg
  • St Rose
  • Port of Winona
  • Port of Alliance
  • Port of Bloomington
  • Port of LaCrosse

Accidents on the Mississippi River

Thousands of barges, towboats, tankers, push-boats, tugs and other vessels make their way up and down the Mississippi River System carrying cargo, coal, grain, iron, steel, oil, petroleum, sand and other products. Working on the vessels that travel on the Mississippi and other river systems is a dangerous occupation. When an accident occurs, maritime workers can suffer serious injuries that are often life-changing and sometimes fatal. These workers are protected under the Jones Act and other General Maritime Laws and may be entitled to recover financial compensation for their injuries.

A River Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you have been injured while working on the Mississippi River or another river system, the Willis Law Firm can help. We represent maritime workers across the nation who have been hurt while making their living working on or near the water.

Often injured crew members and other maritime employees think that they are only entitled to receive maintenance and cure benefits from their employers. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may have additional legal rights, including the right to file negligence lawsuits against your employer and other companies who may be legally liable for your injuries. Contact our firm today to discuss your case. 1-800-468-4878.

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