In January, approximately 80 people were injured when a commuter ferry crashed into Pier 11 at South Street and Gouverneur Lane. Many suffered significant harm, including lacerations, knee injuries, deep bruising and torn shoulder cartilage.
Some of those injury victims recently settled their claims, ranging in payouts from $20,000 to $80,000, depending on the nature and extent of injuries. Many of the boat injury claims are still outstanding, but when a first wave of settlements occurs it usually sparks progress in negotiations with other victims.
An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) found that the boat’s propulsion control systems failed, which supported the claim of the ferry operator. The company owning the ferry, Seastreak LLC, has since repaired the boat and put it back to work, transporting commuters from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, to Manhattan.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured on a New York City ferry, it’s important to explore your legal options. A seemingly minor injury can involve long-term complications; accepting a settlement offer without exercising due diligence may risk your health and financial future.
Source: CBS New York, “Settlements Reached In Manhattan Commuter Ferry Crash,” Oct. 30, 2013