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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NYC Water Taxi Accident Injures 30

Who is liable if you are injured while traveling around NYC?

Recently, a New York Water Taxi made a hard landing in Hell’s Kitchen, inflicting injuries on at least 30 passengers.  FDNY officials report that all passengers were removed from the boat to the pier, with some requiring treatment for severe injuries, though none were life threatening.  This accident is one of several to involve transportation vehicles in and around New York City.  Our NYC personal injury lawyers discuss liability for transportation related accidents in the City below.

Public vs Private Transportation

As a bustling metropolis, New York City offers residents and tourists alike many ways to get around the City without the need for your own car.  Transportation options include boats, trains, subways, taxis, and much more.  When traveling in any manner in the city, there exists the potential for injuries and even death.  In general, the operator of a boat, train, or taxi could be held liable for injuries inflicted on passengers if the operator acted in a negligent manner.  However, whether the transportation vehicle is owned by a private company or the municipality will play a large role in your ability to seek compensation for travel related injuries.  

The New York Water Taxi is a private operator, offering ferries, sightseeing boats and water taxis in the ports of New York and New Jersey.  As a private company, the NY Water Taxi could be liable to injured passengers for damages sustained in the recent water taxi incident if negligence is established.  Potential damages may include coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

The NYC subway, on the other hand, is a transit system owned by the City of New York.  Subway accidents include derailments, rollover accidents, and crimes happening on the subway.  Seeking compensation for subway related injuries is more difficult because the subway is city owned.  In order for the city to be liable, the accident victim must prove that the city or its employees were unreasonably negligent.  Lawsuits against the city must be initiated promptly and in the correct manner, so consult with a personal injury lawyer right away after your accident.  

 


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