Almost $1 million in damages were awarded this month to victims of the Wall Street ferry accident that occurred January. Ferry operation company SeaStreak settled 40 of the 45 claims against them. Four additional claims were filed in early November. Victims of the ferry accident have filed claims for injuries like knee injuries, shoulder damage and other ailments.
The SeaStreak ferry collided into a concrete slip on January 9 while attempting to dock. At the time of the incident, the ferry was carrying 326 passengers. The collision injured 85 people, two of which were in critical condition right after the accident. When the collision occurred, many people on board the ferry were moving around, preparing for the ship to dock. Some passengers were thrown down stairs or against doors, shattering glass.
The National Transportation Safety Board conducted an investigation into the accident. Those seeking damages from the accident have received settlements ranging from $20,000 to $80,000.
A similar incident occurred in August when a ferry on its way to Liberty Island struck a pier and injured eight people. The ferry was transporting passengers to see the Statue of Liberty when it collided into the pier due to unknown causes. Injured passengers were treated at the scene.
Have You Been Injured in a Ferry Accident?
When ferry operators are negligent or proper safety precautions are not taken, serious injuries to passengers can occur. An experienced maritime trial lawyer can help you explore your options after you have been injured in a ferry accident. Call our nationwide maritime attorneys today to discuss your case. We can help you figure out your options and get compensation for the negligent injuries you have suffered.
Latti & Anderson’s Little Extra: In August, more than 50 people died in a ferry accident in the Southern Philippines.
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