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New York Ferry Accidents

Ferry transportation is widely considered to be one of the safest means of transportation in the United States. However, ferry accidents have become increasingly frequent over the past few years. With nearly sixty ferry landings in and around New York City and Long Island, which are being serviced by more than six different registered service operators, ferry traveling has become a way of life for New Yorkers and tourists alike. While many small incidents go unreported, the potential for injury resulting from ferry travel is frightening. Ferry accidents have the potential to cause serious or fatal injury as well as extensive property damage and even the spillage of hazardous waste or material.

Have you or a loved one been Injured in a New York Ferry Accident?

The New York Ferry Accident Lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C. can help you obtain compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Contact our New York Ferry Accident Lawyers today at (855) TOP-FIRM.

Ferry Accident Data

Over the past ten years there have been dozens of New York ferry accidents. These accidents have involved thousands of passengers and hundreds of travelers have been injured or killed while traveling on a New York ferry. Over that same timeframe there has been a surge of reported ferry accidents. These recent accidents are highlighted by a 2013 crash of a high speed commuter ferry operated by Seastreak LLC in New York City involving 342 passengers. The crash injured more than 70 passengers. Accidents like this demonstrate the dangers that New York ferries pose to both passengers and bystanders.

What are the most Common Causes of Ferry Accidents?

There are many different causes of ferry accidents that involve both passengers and non-passengers:

  • Operator error
  • Poor weather
  • Turbulent waters
  • Inadequate visibility by the captain
  • Electronic systems malfunction
  • Overcrowding
  • Collisions with recreational boats
  • Collisions with commercial boats
  • Collisions with other ferries
  • Collisions with a dock or pier
  • Capsizing
  • Sinking
  • Mechanical breakdown

Negligence by the operating company can often be found as a direct cause of a ferry accident. Lack of proper maintenance, poor operating protocols and procedures, and lack of operator training have all been linked to past ferry accidents. Many of the past accidents could have been avoided if the registered operating companies had taken the proper precautions. It is important to speak with an experienced ferry accident attorney in order to determine who is at fault in a ferry accident case.

Types of Ferry Accident Injuries

Ferry accident injuries are similar to injuries sustained in other commercial transportation accidents involving violent maneuvering such as cruise ships and train accidents. Reported   injuries include:

  • Spinal cord or back injuries
  • Ligament damage
  • Concussions
  • Brain or head injuries
  • Fractures
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Burns
  • Dismemberment
  • And in the worst cases, death

What you Should do if a Ferry Accident Occurs

If you or someone you know is involved in a New York ferry accident it is important to collect the following information:


  • Location of the ferry at the time of the accident
  • Date and time of the ferry accident

Ferry Operator

  • The registered service provider operating the ferry
  • The captain’s name and operating number
  • The direction the ferry was traveling

Legal Help for New York Ferry Accident Victims

If you are in a ferry accident and have suffered a serious injury it is important to contact an attorney that is experienced in representing clients that have been injured in New York ferry accidents. The law firm of Finz & Finz P.C. has attorneys on staff that are ready to help you obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. Fill out the Free Ferry Accident Case Evaluation form or call toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM so that your rights are protected and an investigation on your behalf can be started.

Related News for Ferry Accidents

Negligence in Ferry Accidents

June 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A ferry bearing passengers from Nantucket to Hyannis ran aground in the late evening of June 16th, 2017, leaving 18 injured.  An investigation by the Coast Guard has yet to yield any answers as to why the boat went off track and crashed into the rocky shoals, though the company that owned and operated the ferry indicated weather might have been a factor.  A definitive explanation could take months, if one is ever found. 

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Could Added Ferry Service Lead to More Ferry Accidents?

April 05, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Highways, subways and buses may be the most common methods to commute to Manhattan, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to change that with an increase in ferry service in the five boroughs. The mayor recently announced a plan for an addition of at least 18 ferries from 21 landing sites within the next two years to take passengers across the city’s waterways.

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Ferry Travel: Staying Safe on the Water

June 18, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Many cities and towns use ferries for every day transportation. Ferries allow us to move across rivers and other waterways. If you followed the news during the spring of 2014, you might have been captivated, or scared, about reports of deadly ferry accidents overseas.

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Ship Trappings and Sinking Ferries

May 06, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Several vessels, including three cruise ships, were trapped off the coast of Texas last month from oil spills that prevented those routes to be used for travel.  In South Korea, a ferry carrying 425 high school students sunk, killing more than 200 with 90 or more still missing.  U.S. News and World Reports even sites the top worst eight cruise line accidents ranging in scope from engine fires, to pirate takeovers, to neovirus outbreaks, to running aground, to taking off from ports without heat, water or fuel.  Let’s face it, cruises and vessels like ferries offer an opportunity to see the world by water, even if it just on a daily commute. While cruising or ferry trips are not for everyone, those who do take part revel in the distinction enjoy opportunity others can only read about.  But, as we know from recent events, even the best of travel intentions can become disastrous.

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