Houston Ferry Accident Lawyer
Although ferries are capable of transporting vehicles and cargo across water, they are typically used to transport people and viewed as a pleasant form of transportation by many. If you have suffered from ferry injuries that were the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to collect compensation for your damages. The highly skilled ship accident lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can investigate your case and determine whether you have a valid claim.
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The Responsibility of Ferry Boat Captains and Owners
It’s crucial to understand that the captains and owners of ferry boats are liable for providing their passengers with a safe method of transportation, and that they must comply with U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations.
These regulations require them to ensure that their boats and equipment are inspected regularly, preventable measures are taken to prevent overboard falls, there are enough seamen on board, and the number of passengers on the ferry are within the legal limit.
Ferry boats are also obligated to carry flotation devices for passengers and crew members so that proper precautions can be taken in the event of an emergency. Additionally, it is the captain’s responsibility to navigate safely and refrain from any negligent behaviors.
Common Injuries in Ferry Accidents
Ferry accidents can arise due to a mechanical malfunction, speeding, captain inexperience or inattention, a captain who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, inadequate safety measures, overloading, and the failure to keep a proper lookout. These types of accidents often lead to serious injuries including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain or head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Ligament damage
Legal Options for Victims of Ferry Accidents
If you are a ferry worker who has been injured in a ferry accident, you may be able recover a settlement under the general maritime law and the Jones Act. If you qualify, the ferry owner and your employer may pay you for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, reduced earning capacity, physical pain, and mental anguish. The Jones Act is a fault-based compensation system, meaning negligence must have occurred in order for you to recover damages.
If you are a passenger who has been injured in a ferry accident, you may be able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney can investigate your case, dispatch investigators, gather accounts from witnesses, and take pictures in order to gather evidence to increase your chances of a favorable case outcome.
How The Krist Law Firm, P.C. Can Help
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to advocating for ferry workers and passengers who have sustained an injury on a ferry. Our ship accident attorneys will look at every detail of your case and determine what should have been done to prevent your injury.
Since cases involving ferry injuries often involve maritime law in addition to personal injury law, they are complex and require experienced legal representation, which The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can provide you. When you trust us with your case, you can gain a better understanding of your rights and increase your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. Today
If you’ve been injured in a ferry accident or you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a ferry accident, you should contact The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today. We will work tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected so that you can move on from your accident and injuries.