What are the Common Types of Ferry Boat Injuries?

Ferry boats are used to transport cars, goods, and passengers, and for some communities surrounded by water, they are the only form of access to the mainland available. While many ferry companies operate routes that sail multiple times a day without incident, unfortunately some ferry boats run with little regard to the safety of their passengers and workers.

Common Ferry Boat Injuries and Their Causes

Ferry boats can range in size from small water taxis to massive vessels where commuters drive their vehicles. Accidents can happen on ferry boats for several reasons such as:

  • Failure to follow safety procedures
  • Captain or crews using illegal substances, such as drugs or alcohol
  • Improper loading or overloading of the boat
  • Mechanical malfunctions
  • Speeding
  • Fatigue
  • Inadequate training
  • Weather conditions

These accidents can result in injuries to ferry boat workers or passengers ranging from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious injuries or even death. Some of the more serious injuries that can occur on a ferry boat include:

  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Ligament damage
  • Amputations

These types of injuries are life changing and often result in an inability to return to work in the same capacity. Other common hazards on ferry boats include wet, slippery, or icy walkways and ramps, defective non-skid surfaces, unsafe ladders, mooring lines, and exposure to dangerous fumes and chemicals.

Compensation for Injured Maritime Employees

If you are ferry worker who was injured on the job, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. It is important for maritime workers to know under which law or act they are covered. Many workers have rights under the Jones Act and general maritime law. If the ferry owner or operator was at-fault for your injury, you could receive compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and any lost wages. Dock workers injured while loading or unloading ferries fall under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Working with an experienced maritime injury lawyer can help ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

If you are a ferry boat passenger who was injured in an accident caused by negligence, you may also seek compensation from the responsible party. It is important to document as much as you can about the circumstances of the accident and your injuries, including taking photos and keeping all records related to the accident and your treatment.

Cape May Maritime Injury Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Advocate for Those Injured on Ferry Boats

Whether you work on a ferry or are a passenger who was injured in a ferry boat accident, the Cape May maritime injury lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Call us at 888-999-1962 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. With offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we represent clients throughout South Jersey, including Cape May and Wildwood.