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Ferry Accidents Not Uncommon in NYC

Two passengers suffered minor injuries recently when a New York Water Taxi hit a Battery Park pier, according to the news website dnainfo.com. The boat struck the dock at Pier A at a speed of approximately 5 to 10 knots, witnesses and officials said.

Both passengers – a father and daughter – were treated at the scene and not taken to a hospital, officials said.

A few people exited the boat immediately after the crash, before it went back out into the water for several more minutes, according to witnesses. Then it docked again and other passengers got off.

The boat, which had 40 passengers, was towed to the company’s base in Red Hook, authorities said.

New York Water Taxi is private company that offers water transportation, sightseeing tours and private event charters.

Ferry accidents are not a rare occurrence in New York:

  • Almost 60 people were injured in a ferry accident on Pier 11, near Wall Street, in January. The cause of this accident is still under investigation.
  • In 2010, three people were severely injured when a ferry hit a Staten Island pier.
  • In 2003, 11 people were killed when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into a pier on Staten Island.

Ferry and other boating accidents can cause victims to lose time from work and incur huge medical expenses.

If you were injured aboard a ferry or boat because of someone else’s negligent or intentional act, the New York tour boat injury lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Call us at 866.213.6908 or send us a quick message on our online form.

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