New York, New York (PRWEB) January 16, 2013
Around 70 people were injured, 11 seriously, after the Seastreak Wall Street commuter ferry crashed into a pier while docking. The ferry's captain said he was unable to put the vessel in reverse as it approached the dock, reported the Associated Press. Mechanical problems are one of the more common causes of ferry accidents, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.
The collision occurred at the South Street Seaport during the morning rush hour. According to AP, the crowded ferry hit the pier at a high rate of speed. The impact tossed passengers around the vessel and ripped open the boat’s hull.
A day after the accident, the captain of the ferry was interviewed by National Transportation Safety Board investigators for three hours, said AP.
The investigation will also include the documentation of pier damage, an examination of the ferry's maintenance records, an interview with the ferry's engineer, and an inspection of the vessel out of the water. Apparently, the ferry had undergone a recent and major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system, said AP.
People who were injured in the ferry accident should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible, advised Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s personal injury law firms.
“The days after a major accident, like the ferry crash, can feel confusing and overwhelming for those who were there," said Perecman. "But it is important for them to know what their rights are and what information should be collected and documented.”
The Perecman Firm is highly experienced in recovering the highest possible compensation for injured accident victims, including damages for pain, suffering and economic losses.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York ferry accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York construction accident cases, including building and crane collapses. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.
**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
"Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome."