Kentucky River Accident & Injury Lawsuit

Kentucky River Accident & Injury Lawsuit

Kentucky has over 1000 miles of navigable rivers and waterways. It is one of the most vast and complex river systems in the United States. In fact Kentucky is surrounded by rivers on three sides of the state with the Ohio River to its north, the Mississippi River to its west and the Big Sandy and Tug Fork Rivers to its east. Additionally Kentucky contains 3 more major river systems including the Cumberland, Green, Licking and the Tennessee Rivers.

Kentucky has twelve riverports including Hickman-Fulton County, Eddyville, Paducah-McCracken County, Henderson County, Louisville-Jefferson County, Owensboro and Greenup-Boyd County riverports and terminals. Of all of these, the Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Terminal is one of the nations busiest inland riverport and barge terminals in the Country.

Kentucky Barge Traffic and Accidents

With the vast miles of navigable rivers in Kentucky also comes the vast number of tug, barge & river accidents as well. Some of the major tug and barge operators in the state include: AEP River Operations, Crounse Corporation, Devall Commercial Barges, Henry Marine Service, Higman Marine Services, Inc, Ingram Barge Company, James Transportation LLC, Kirby Inland Marine Corporation, Magnolia Marine Transportation, Muscle Shoals Marine Service, Inc, Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Company, Shapley Marine Company, Parker Towing Company, Southern Marine Construction Company, Volunteer Barge & Transport, W. L. Hailey & Company and Winn Marine.

While tug and barge traffic occupies most of the maritime traffic, some dredges, fishing boats, cargo type vessels, ferries and construction boats also navigate the waterways of Kentucky. No matter what type of vessel you are on, if you get injured then most likely you will be covered under the Jones Act Law. This Federal Statute provides compensation to seamen / crewmen injured while operating a vessel on navigable waters. If the crew member is sent ashore to assist in other duties and is injured or is traveling to another vessel or retrieving parts or supplies, then he also likely will be covered by the Jones Act. Workers at these terminals responsible for loading and unloading cargo from a barge or vessel and they get injured, then they may have rights under State Worker’s Compensation or under the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. These laws for the injured worker can be confusing and this is where we can help guide you.

Tug and Barge River Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured on a ship, tug, barge or any vessel then call and speak to a maritime lawyer for a Free Confidential Case Consultation at 1-800-883-9858 or fill out our Online Form and we will get back with you usually within 1-12 hrs.