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Ferry Boat Accident Injures 57, Two Critically

A ferry accident in New York City today injured nearly 60 passengers, at least two critically. According to the New York Fire Department, the ferry was going approximately 15 mph when it ran into a loading barge near a pier.

There were 326 passengers on the ferry at the time of the accident, and many people were standing near the exit when the impact occurred. While it is unclear what caused the ferry accident -- the crews passed Breathalyzer tests -- this particular ferry had been involved in previous docking crashes. The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the accident to determine liability.

Ferry Accidents in California

While this accident happened in New York City, it could have happened anywhere. Early last year, for example, an accident on a California ferry caused a van with passengers to sink into Newport Bay. Thankfully, no one was injured in that accident.

Under federal law, ferry owners must provide safe transportation, keeping their boats in good operating conditions and regularly inspecting them. There must be an appropriate number of ferry crew, who must be properly trained. And, of course, the captain of the ship must navigate it safely and within speed limits. Failure to do any of these things amounts to negligence.

Ferry boat accidents are almost always the result of negligence, whether the crew was negligent, the company failed to provide proper training, or there was a defect on the boat itself. In any case, if individuals are injured in a ferry boat accident, they can recover compensation for their injuries through a lawsuit against the negligent parties.

Learn more about personal injury lawsuits by visiting our pages on Los Angeles personal injury.

Source: The New York Post, "More than 50 injured after Seastreak ferry crashes into Pier 11," Jessica Simeone, Amber Sutherland, Jan. 9, 2013

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