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Ferry Crash in Jersey City Injures Seven

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 9, 2013

New Jersey Personal InjuryA Goldman Sachs ferry operated by the New York Waterway crashed into a pier in Jersey City, leaving at least seven people injured. The Jersey Journal reports that the boat struck the end of the Owen Grundy Pier. Five passengers and two crew members reported injuries. Three of them were treated at the scene and four were transported to a local medical center, including the captain of the ferry.

Passengers said many of them fell down when the boat hit the pier. One woman said she hurt her knees and elbows. None of the injuries is believed to be life threatening. The Coast Guard, NYPD Harbor Patrol, and Jersey City police are investigating the cause of the crash.

Ferry crashes could occur for a number of reasons. But, often, there are two main causes for a ferry accident – operator error and mechanical problems.

If a ferry accident is caused by operator error or negligence, the operator’s employer and the ferry company will be held liable for the injuries and losses caused. Under New Jersey law, the employer will be held liable for the employee’s actions.

Mechanical problems are another reason why ferry accidents occur. If a mechanical problem is caused by a defective part, then the manufacturer of that faulty part can be held liable. If the problem was caused by the ferry company’s failure to make repairs or maintain the boat, then the company can be held liable.

Injured victims of ferry accidents can seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced Princeton personal injury lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options. To learn more about your rights and legal options, contact Lependorf & Silverstein today.

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