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One could say that New York City is an “island city” since it is surrounded by water. This makes travel challenging, with bridges and tunnels choked with traffic every rush hour. Many NYC dwellers (and those who work in the city) prefer the convenience and relative tranquility of the city’s ferries. However, a mishap on the water can leave you with serious injuries.
Although most ferry riders arrive at their destinations safely, accidents that cause injury do happen. If you suffered an injury while riding a ferry, it is important to get legal advice from a knowledgeable source. At Proner & Proner in New York City, the motor vehicle accident attorneys know ferry accidents. They understand the challenges of filing a claim against a government entity such as the Department of Transportation. They understand the networks of companies that run the private ferries. Call them for a free consultation about your case or by filling out the online contact form.
Tourists know that a trip to New York means a ride on the Staten Island ferry. Other ferries in this area are less well known: The Hudson River ferries that run from several cities in New Jersey to law and further north along the Hudson, as well as the East River ferries to Brooklyn and Queens, all operate in New York Harbor or on the Hudson River. There are seasonal ferries to baseball parks and other events. New York waterways are busy too.
If an injured person hopes to obtain compensation for injuries sustained in a ferry accident, the first step is to determine who operates the ferry. Operators in the city include the Department of Transportation, the New York Waterway, the Rockaway Ferry, Seastreak, Liberty Landing Ferry, and New York Water Taxi. This makes the process of obtaining fair compensation complicated from the very beginning.
The New York City personal injury attorneys at Proner & Proner help clients injured while riding a ferry obtain the compensation they need and deserve after an accident. The firm seeks damages for injuries caused by human error, mechanical failure, negligent maintenance, and inadequate training. Ferry employees who are drunk, distracted, fatigued, poorly trained, and otherwise negligent can create unsafe conditions that result in accidents. Slippery floors and stairs, obstacles that block exits, careless navigation, and unsafe landings can result in falls and falling objects. Lack of safety equipment or non-functioning equipment can make a huge difference in the outcome of an accident involving a collision or capsized vessel.
Call the NYC ferry accident attorneys at Proner & Proner or contact us by filling out the online form.
Attorney Mitchell Proner not only serves clients throughout New York State and Connecticut, but he also handles ferry accident cases throughout the United States.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
Attorney Mitchell Proner, an expert on maritime law, spoke about the similarities between the Costa Concordia ferry disaster and the recent Indonesian ferry accident that killed at least 24 people.