Texas Maritime Accidents – Jones Act & Maritime Lawyer Richard Serpe

The Texas maritime scene is vast, fierce, and beautiful. From major maritime operations to recreational activities you can enjoy on Texas's many lakes or beaches, being out on the water is a must for many. Unfortunately, being out on the water also poses many risks.

Earning a living on, or near, the ocean is a dangerous business. Workers face the sheer unpredictably of the ocean, faulty equipment, negligent coworkers, and a number of other dangers while on the job.

Those out on the water enjoying a good time boating, fishing, or water skiing, can be harmed by reckless boat operators. Failing to designate a sober or experienced boat operator, can land an innocent passenger in the hospital with serious and life threatening injuries.

The Texas Maritime Industry

Texas maritime ports handle more than 550 million tons of foreign and domestic cargo each year, representing 20% of all US port tonnage, according to the Texas Ports Association. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway extends 423 miles linking Texas' many ports. The Port of Houston is known as one of the busiest ports in the world by cargo volume.

Texas Ports generate 112,100 jobs directly related to marine cargo activities. Texas maritime employment includes offshore oil rigsshipyards, marine terminals, vessel operators, bulk cargo, tugboats, towboats, barges, and much more-- the maritime industry is a vital component of the state economy.

Commercial fishing  is also a significant part of Texas' maritime industry. Shrimping is the most important fishing industry in Texas.

Texas had the 3rd largest economic impact in the United States for the cruise industry in 2013, according to reports. The Port of Galveston is one of the most notable cruise ship ports in Texas.

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Maritime accidents are governed under a distinct set of laws, and not just any attorney can handle Jones Act and maritime cases. Jones Act & Maritime Lawyer Richard Serpe is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.  Richard Serpe obtained a Masters degree in Maritime law  from Tulane University after law school. He has helped victims of Maritime accidents for over 29 years. If you would like to setup a free consultation (no obligation) to speak with Richard Serpe, contact us at 877-544-5323.

Texas Maritime News & Info

  • Gulf Drillship Accident Death

    Death of Drillship Worker in the Gulf Launches Investigation Federal officials have begun investigating the death of a drillship worker in the Gulf of Mexico. The man was reportedly fatally injured at a job site 200 miles south of the Louisiana coast. The Pacific San Andrea drillship, part of the Houston-based Pacific Drilling Company, had Continue Reading →

  • El Faro Wrongful Death Lawsuits

    When the El Faro cargo ship disappeared amidst Hurricane Joaquin earlier this month, families held out hope that their loved ones would be found safe. Nearly a month later, however, none of the mariners aboard the ship have been found. Instead, wreckage and a body have been discovered. Tragically, it is likely that the entire crew Continue Reading →

  • Fatal Baytown Texas Boat Accident

    As summer comes to a close, the boating accident rate slowly begins decreasing. Children are back in school, parents have used up their own vacation days, and the weather begins to turn chilly. Indeed, most leisure boaters will hang up their life jackets for the year this month. Unfortunately, however, there are always risk of Continue Reading →

  • Drunken Boating Can Easily Turn Deadly

    We all know how dangerous it is to drink and drive. Alcohol effects our reaction time, our depth perception, our balance and most critically, our judgment. All of these effects are multiplied when you drink in the hot sun on a boat. The motion of the water and relaxed atmosphere of the boat contribute to Continue Reading →

  • Marine Towing Industry Safety Report Reveals Dangers

    The Coast Guard has released a new safety report detailing incidents, fatalities and injuries occurring over the last ten years. The report summarizes a decade of deaths, workplace injuries and other incidents in the hopes of better understanding how and why these accidents occur. The most common incidents include allisions (the collision between a moving Continue Reading →

Notable ports in Texas include: Port of Houston, Port of Corpus Christi, Port of Victoria, Port of Beaumont, Port of Brownsville, Port Freeport, Port of Orange, Port of Palacios, Calhoun Port Authority, Port Arthur, Port Isabel, Port of Port Mansfield, Port of Galveston, Port of Texas City.

Notable lakes and beaches: