New York ferries usher Hudson Valley residents from shore to shore and
around New York City. Hudson River cruises entertain diners, party goers,
prom students, and general vacationers throughout the warmer weather months
in New York.
Experienced Newburgh boating accident attorneys know that accidents involving Hudson cruises and New York ferries could
have been prevented had adequate care been used in operating and maintaining
the vehicle. Moreover, accidents can be prevented simply by following
all laws that regulate commercial passenger vessels.
While the amount of laws and regulations that govern the conduct of New
York ferry owners and operators, as well as cruise ship operators may
be voluminous, there are a few that you should know in order to be aware
of your rights if you are involved in a
- Routinely conducted safety drills must be held regularly by ferry boat
crew in accordance with Coast Guard regulations; fire drills and abandon
- Ferries must be manned with a specific number of staff of varying rank
in accordance with Coast Guard regulations;
- Seamen must receive Coast Guard safety training and be certified prior
to manning a vessel;
- Each crew member must carry documentation that proves their rank/rating; and
- Anti-terrorism regulations must be adhered to as well.
If any one of these is attributed to an injury resulting from a New York
ferry or Hudson River boat accident, the owner and or operators of those
vessels can be liable for your injuries. Simple rules of negligence guide
whether or not a person or entity will be liable.
This is because New York Ferry operators and Hudson River cruises owe their
passengers a duty to keep them safe from preventable injury while under
the care of captain, crew, and other staff. If for example, passengers
of a ferry were injured in a botched evacuation because the crew didn’t
hold enough safety drills, then the ferry owner can be liable for the
damages arising from those injuries.
In the above hypothetical, the duty was breached by failing to conduct
drills. The injuries that occur, however, must be directly attributable
to the breach. This is another basic factor of all
negligence cases; the injury must have been proximately caused by the breach of duty.
Lastly, the injured parties must have suffered damages. Damages are something
that has arisen out of the injury. Medical costs, lost wages, lost earning
potential, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, vocation rehabilitation,
re-education, and the like are all specific types of compensatory damages.
Additionally, loved ones can institute survival and wrongful death actions
in order to achieve compensation in relation to a death in a New York ferry or
Hudson River boat accident.
Learn more about boating accidents in the latest article by our law firm
discussing various issues involving boating accidents causes, including
safety, common causes, liability, and the Jones Act,
available by clicking here. Read about the shocking statistics and boating accident prevention tips
by clicking on the
link to our blog post available here. Learn about the common causes of boating accidents and how to prevent them by
clicking our post available here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
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