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NTSB Determines 2013 Ferry Crash Caused by Captain's Error

NTSB Determines 2013 Ferry Crash Caused by Captain's Error

Accidents can happen virtually anywhere at any time. It’s just an uncomfortable fact of life. Even the most careful of us are subject to the recklessness or carelessness of others. Fortunately, a lot of them are avoidable, but there come times when trouble comes out of nowhere and life is changed. Even ‘minor’ accidents can result in time away from work, repair bills, or medical costs that most people are simply not prepared to pay. Legal compensation is the way to make sure the reckless pay for their mistakes and the victim has the money needed to move forward and get on with life.

Federal investigators have concluded the captain was at fault in a 2013 ferry crash that injured 80 people in Lower Manhattan.

According to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board, the captain “inadvertently” was running the ferry on a rarely-used backup system at the time of the accident. He felt a propeller vibration on the way from New Jersey, and switched to the backup system, but forgot to switch it back before attempting to dock at a pier in the East River. The ferry continued on to crash into the dock.

Investigators have charged the company with ineffective oversight and furthermore claimed the captain of the ferry was not sufficiently trained. The board also made another call for data recorders to be installed on the boats.

The ferry company was not available for comment at the time, nor was the former ferry captain.

No one should have to suffer because of someone else’s carelessness, but it happens all too often. If this has happened to you or a loved one, the Perecman Firm can help. We understand what it’s like to endure the aftermath of an accident and have the experience to get you the settlement you need. Call our office today for a free consultation.


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