A high-speed ferry crashed into a dock near New York City’s financial district yesterday, causing commuters to tumble into walls and down stairs, and resulting in injuries to 85 people. Two of the commuters had critical injuries, and nine had serious wounds. Many of the commuters required medical attention for injuries such as concussions. Ferry accidents are not uncommon in commuter areas and can cause traumatic injuries and even death.
Who Was Responsible?
The question of who is responsible for a ferry accident generally depends on the cause of the accident. It also depends on who runs the ferry. In the case of Seastreak, the vessel is run by a private company, Seastreak LLC, that provides daily service between Atlantic Highland and Highlands in New Jersey to piers in Lower Manhattan.
Investigators are still conducting a full investigation into the cause of the ferry crash, but the operator of Seastreak stated that a mechanical failure prevented him from putting the ferry in reverse as it pulled into the dock. After a full investigation ensues, the company may be held responsible for their failure to provide a safe ride for commuters.
Ferry accidents are not uncommon. In 2003, the Staten Island Ferry was involved in a crash, leaving many people injured and 11 dead. Ferry crash injuries are a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. They can cause serious long-term medical problems, as well as pain and suffering. If you were involved in a ferry accident, you should contact a New York injury lawyer for help.
Contact a New York Injury Lawyer
Victims of ferry accidents are entitled to certain rights that an experienced New York injury attorney can help you protect. At Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C., our New York and New Jersey injury lawyers are experienced in handling ferry accidents and getting our clients the compensation they deserve. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call 800-529-9997.