NYC Injury Attorneys Fight for Victims of Ferry Accidents

Reputable law firm seeks maximum compensation for serious injuries

Several ferry services, public and private, serve the greater New York metro area. Although their safety records are very strong, some high-profile accidents have occurred in recent years, with tragic loss of life. If you’ve been injured in a ferry accident, your claim can be complicated by layers of bureaucracy, unexpected deadlines, and sharp insurance defense lawyers determined to reduce any compensation you receive. Fortunately, Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson has the experience and resources to assert your rights and fight for the highest level of compensation possible. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience in tough injury cases, and we’ve obtained numerous multi-million-dollar recoveries for our clients.

Greater New York’s ferry network

The Staten Island Ferry, run by the NYC Department of Transportation, is the most famous form of water transportation in our area, but it is not the only ferry service. NY Waterway is a private corporation that boasts the largest ferry and excursion fleet in New York Harbor, including the Hudson River Ferries, East River Ferry, and the Belford Ferry. Seastreak provides commuter services between New York and New Jersey as well as excursions to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Other companies offer tour services to major attractions. All this traffic makes New York Harbor one of the busiest waterways in the world. The Staten Island Ferry alone makes more than 35,000 trips annually.

Common causes of ferry accidents in New York Harbor

Perhaps the highest-profile New York Harbor ferry accident happened in October 2003. A Staten Island Ferry struck the dock at full speed with a strong enough impact to kill 11 passengers and injure 165 more. The boat’s pilot, under the influence of painkillers, had fallen asleep at the controls. New York City settled claims for more than $50 million. More recently, a captain’s error caused the crash of a Seastreak ferryboat in Manhattan that injured 80 people. That crash raised questions about the level of training the captain had received.

To recover compensation for your injury, you must ascertain who or what caused the accident. Common causes of ferry accidents include:

  • Operating a vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Equipment failure
  • Improper maintenance
  • Inexperienced operator
  • Vessel overload
  • Excessive speed
  • Operator falling asleep

A ferry accident is almost certainly the result of negligence. Retaining an experienced injury attorney can help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Contact our personal injury lawyers for your NYC ferry accident case

Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson is a reputable law firm with a long history of success. To speak to a knowledgeable attorney at no charge, call 844.302.8312 or contact us online. Our experienced legal team is determined to make a difference in your case and in your life.