A collision between a water taxi and a pleasure boat in Maine’s Casco Bay left three injured, according to Professional Mariner. The accident happened on September 7 off the southern quarter of the island of Fort Gorges around 10 p.m. The recreational boat was carrying two people and the water taxi was carrying seven, including US Representative Chellie Pingree of Maine, who was returning from a wedding.
“Damage was significant on the recreational boat,” said Marine Patrol Officer Scott Couture. “The lights had been smashed right off the bow.”
The three injured people suffered cuts, bruising and head trauma. Due to the pending investigation, authorities were unable to release more details about the accident at the time of this report.
“Part of the determination is whether or not [the two boats] were using the proper lights and had the proper safety equipment aboard,” stated Lt. Scott McCann of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in South Portland.
What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Water Taxi Accident?
If you were injured in a water taxi accident, you should do the following:
- Seek immediate medical attention;
- Try to avoid giving a statement until you have talked with an attorney;
- Find a qualified and experienced maritime attorney who will speak with you for free about your case;
- Use your free consultation to have the attorney explain what your rights are under maritime law, what others have experienced in similar cases, what your next step should be (whether you pursue a lawsuit or not) and what kind of assistance is available to help you deal with medical bills, living expenses and harassment from creditors.
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