Ferry Accident Questions from Injured Passengers

In the aftermath of today’s Seastreak Ferry accident in the lower Manhattan area of New York, passengers and crew who were aboard the ferry will have questions regarding their legal rights and their ability to seek compensation for injuries they may have sustained.

According to the New York Times, “a ferry packed with hundreds of commuters from New Jersey crashed as it was docking in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning, injuring several dozen passengers, emergency officials said the force of the crash was so strong that it sent passengers, many of whom were standing and preparing to disembark, flying into the air and crashing into one another, walls, windows and seats, according to several passenger accounts.

Nearly 60 people were hurt

Negligence on part of the crew or other official may have played a role in the accident. A proper investigation by state and local authorities will determine what circumstances played a role in the crash.

Regardless of that investigation, injured parties will be asking questions.

Some common questions regarding the ferry accident will likely include:

  • Can I sue for the injuries I got in the accident?
  • What legal rights do I have in an accident?
  • Can I sue the Seastreak Ferry service?
  • Can I sue the crew or owners of the Seastreak Ferry service?
  • What about medical bills I may incur?
  • Can I be compensated for lost time at work?
  • Do I need to hire an attorney?
  • If I was a crew member aboard the ferry, can I sue my employer?

If you have a question about this New York ferry accident or any accident you may have been involved in while on a boat, ferry, cruise ship or other vessel, please contact the maritime law attorneys at Waks and Barnett at 1-800-905-2891 or online at CruiseLawyers.com.