The sea is hazardous, and several types of collisions can occur when an individual is on a boat or another type of watercraft such as a ferry. A ferry is a vessel utilized to transport passengers, and at times vehicles, across a body of water. In states such as Washington, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut, ferries are a popular form of transportation.
Unfortunately, several ferry operators have put their passengers at risk because they chose to neglect vessel safety standards. This negligence raises the risk of sustaining a serious injury including traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, broken bones, and more. The good news is that with an aid of an experienced maritime injury attorney, injured ferry passengers can establish a case of negligence against the ferry owner or operator.
Ferry Passenger Injury Lawyer in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York and Connecticut
If you are the victim of a ferry accident, we advise you to obtain experienced legal counsel. At BoatLaw, LLP, we are experienced in all areas of maritime and personal injury law. Our team will fight aggressively to ensure you receive fair compensation for your passenger injury claim.
Contact a skilled maritime attorney at BoatLaw, LLP today. We represent ferry passengers who are injured coast to coast. Call 1 (800) 262-8529 to schedule your first consultation free of charge.
Causes of Accidents Involving Ferry Passengers
Once a ferry passenger steps on boat property, they are exposed to special risks that only the vessel operator can manage. Some incidents may lose stem from a design or manufacturing flaw related to the ferry or other piece of maritime equipment. Collisions and allisions can occur and result in serious injuries.
Ferry accidents can occur in various ways due to negligence. Some of the most common causes for a ferry boat accident include:
- Improper lighting
- Defective equipment
- Overcrowded conditions
- Unsafe ferry docking procedures
- Poor maintenance
- Operator error
- Boating under the influence (BUI)
Recoverable Damages for Ferry Passengers
According to U.S. law, vessel owners or operators of ferries owe a duty of care to their passengers. Duty of care is a legal obligation a person or corporation must adhere to where a reasonable amount of care is exercised under certain circumstances. When ferry owners, operators, and manufacturers, among others, fail to meet this standard of care for their passengers, they may be liable for their injuries.
If you’ve been injured on a ferry, it’s important to speak with an experienced maritime injury lawyer. A maritime attorney at BoatLaw, LLP can represent injured ferry passengers and help them recover several damages.
We work aggressively to secure compensation for passengers injured aboard ferries under state boating laws, the unseaworthiness doctrine, general maritime law, and the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA). Recoverable damages may include the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Occupational retraining expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental health care
- Reduced earning capacity
- Wrongful death
Our law firm will file a lawsuit against one or more liable parties for your injury. These include, but are not limited to:
- Owner or operator of the ferry
- Company operating or chartering the ship or other water vessel
- The business where the passengers purchased their ferry ticket
- A third party, such as the physician working onboard the ferry
BoatLaw, LLP | Maritime Injury Lawyers for Ferry Passengers
If you have been injured aboard a ferry, contact the experienced maritime injury attorneys of BoatLaw, LLP. We have been successfully represented injured clients since 1977. Our attorneys will begin fighting for maximum compensation in your case today.
At BoatLaw, LLP, we are proud to represent clients hurt in ferry boats in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska and across the North Pacific Ocean. We also represent clients in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut. Call us today at 1 (800) 262-8529 to receive an initial consultation free of cost and without any obligation.