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Dozens of passengers injured in ferry crash

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 11, 2013 in Boating Accidents

When people think of boating, they typically think of summertime days spent on the water, relaxing and spending time with family and friends. However, it is important to remember that boating is popular all year in many areas, including Connecticut where ferries run all year long. And this could mean that the potential for boating accidents is not just a concern for the warmer months.

Dozens of passengers were recently injured when a high-speed ferry crashed into a dock as it arrived in Manhattan. The ferry was carrying over 300 people who were commuting to work in the morning. Instead of the uneventful trip into the city that the passengers and crew likely expected, several of them ended up seriously injured and in need of medical attention.

According to reports, the ferry had recently undergone some maintenance work to replace the engines and propulsion systems. Since the completion of the work, crew members had commented that the boat had become difficult to maneuver, and it is possible that there were some mechanical issues affecting how the ship operated. The exact cause for the crash is still under investigation.

What is known is that dozens of people were tossed around and injured when the right side of the ship crashed into the dock. While some people managed to escape with minor bumps or bruises, others suffered more significant injuries that included head injuries. All told, 70 people were injured in addition to the 11 who sustained serious injuries.

Victims of these types of accidents may not realize the extent of their injuries right away. Some passengers may be so glad to get off the ferry that they just want to get to where they are going. Later, however, many people may start feeling the significant aches and pains that are commonly caused after a significant accident. Some types of injuries, including those to the back or neck, do not develop or go away overnight and may need extended periods of treatment and rehabilitation. Instead of shrugging off the pain and trying to cope with it alone, it can be very helpful for victims to work with an attorney to determine whether it is appropriate to pursue financial compensation or not.

Source: WFSB, "High-speed ferry strikes NYC dock; dozens injured," Colleen Long and David B. Caruso, Jan. 9, 2013