According to the ferry’s owner and operator, the catamaran Seastreak ferry involved in the collision on Pier 11 is set to resume regular services for travelers on Monday. While the ferry is set to continue, the investigation in finding the cause of the accident is just getting under way.
A personal injury attorney weighs in on the investigation of the New York ferry accident, stating:
“The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a federal agency which is responsible for investigating all aviation and maritime accidents in the United States. It is a crucial investigation which may resolve the question of what caused this tragic accident, in the weeks and months to come. The captain will be tested for drug and alcohol use by the Coast Guard to determine whether he was under the influence of any banned substance, which would have impaired his ability to navigate this ferry. Moreover, the accident will be reconstructed to determine other factors, such as speed of the ferry, and maritime, weather and visibility conditions. There are many factors that remain to be investigated and determined to pinpoint the cause of this accident, though there is always a possibility of multiple factors working together to cause the accident.”
“A ferry that hit the dock at full speed delivers a forceful impact to passengers in the ferry. The strong impact, which jolted passengers out of their seats, would cause whiplash injuries which can be quite serious, requiring months of physical therapy and possibly surgery in the future. Passengers who were standing would be thrown into walls and/or the floor, possibly causing more serious injuries such as fractures, and head trauma. The passengers who have head injuries including one passenger who is currently in surgery, face possible life long injuries and need for long term medical treatment, including rehabilitation care and pain management.”
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