Ferry travel feels so safe, none of the lane changing and stress of driving, but The New York Post has reported that ferry captains warn that The Staten Island Ferries are “ticking time bombs.” After a major accident in 2003, there has been some scrutiny of the safety of these aging ferries, and what’s been revealed shows that most of the ships suffer from serious safety problems. The ferry captain, who wanted to remain anonymous said of the ship’s propellers, “They often fail, resulting in the shutdown of one or more of the four “drives” that are linked to propellers, making it at times impossible to slow, or even stop, the boat.” Hard stops and other malfunctions are common, as are the injuries, sometimes serious, that result. If you’ve been injured on the ferry, you should call Staten Island Accident Lawyers with experience with boating accidents and maritime laws.
There was a serious crash was in 2017, and NBC reported that forty people were injured, and on in August, 2018 10 people were killed in yet another crash. If this were a private company, the Coast Guard would likely shut them down, but since this is a government-owned transportation entity, safety enforcement is internal, and the hazards are apparently being overlooked. Holding responsible parties accountable for these accidents becomes the responsibility of individuals and Staten Island Accident Lawyers. If you have been injured in a ferry accident, it’s important to speak up. Getting compensation for your injuries is something you deserve, but you will also be playing a part in helping to improve transportation safety for Staten Islander