Unforeseen accidents can happen at any time on a ferry; crews must be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes, even the best trained crew can only stand by helplessly as a passenger does something no one could have prepared for.
Earlier this month, when a driver aboard one of the vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry fleet hit the gas instead of his brake pedal, his rented SUV barreled into another vehicle, sending three people to a nearby hospital.
The accident took place in the morning as drivers were disembarking from the MV Delaware at the Cape May ferry terminal.
How Can Cars Crash on a Ferry?
Jeffery Singley of Fort Washington, MD, the driver of a rented Ford Explorer rental vehicle, was parked on the port side of the ferry vessel. The crash occurred when he stepped on the gas, accidentally rammed into a Honda Civic and pinned it against the starboard bulkhead.
The occupants of the Civic were transported to Cape Regional Medical Center by Lower Township EMS.
The MV Delaware sustained minor damage, largely cosmetic. The ferry schedule was delayed for approximately an hour while crews attended to the cleanup. Another vessel in the ferry fleet took over while the accident scene was cleared. The accident is still being investigated by the local police department.
What Do I Do if My Family Was Hurt on a Ferry?
Whenever you take a ferry, you trust the operators with what matters most to you: the lives of your loved ones. This is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly. If you have been injured in a ferry accident, our nationwide maritime attorneys can help. Contact us today to discuss your options, and let us retrieve the compensation you deserve.
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