11 Seriously Injured in Manhattan Ferry Crash
More information is surfacing regarding the ferry crash which occurred in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday January 9th. Of the 330 passengers, approximately 70 people were injured on the commuter ferry, 11 of which are said to be serious injuries. This was a routine journey, with hundreds of trips in the New York waterways taking place every day. Not only was this routine, but the ship's captain was one of the most experienced in the company, with over 12 years' experience as a captain. The captain was also well rested as it was only three hours into his shift.
On Thursday the 10th, the investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed the captain, J.R. for three hours. He told the board that it was a mechanical failure caused him to be unable to properly dock the ferry, which led to the crash. He said that he attempted to put the ferry into reverse, but it did not work. He also stated that the engines then died. The ferry was going at 13 miles an hour when it crashed into the dock, throwing the passengers down stairs and into walls.
It remains to be seen whether the incident was entirely the fault of a mechanical error or whether it was due to human negligence. Whichever the case, if you were one of the passengers on board Seastreak Wall Street, please contact a personal injury lawyer from our firm as soon as possible. Our main goal is to ensure that victims of negligence are fairly compensated for what they have been through. We have over 60 years of combined experience on our side and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Please, do not waste any time in getting in touch with our office to learn how we could help you!