New York Boating and Ferry Accident Lawyers

Boating accidents, whether involving ferries or other vessels, often lead to serious or fatal injuries. New York has unfortunately seen its share of such accidents. The most recent occurred early Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013, when a commuter ferry full of more than 300 passengers operated by Seastreak crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan, reportedly injuring more than 70 people. Authorities continue to investigate the crash, the cause of which remains presently unknown. This has brought back New Yorkers' memories of two horrific Staten Island ferry crashes from 2003 and 2010, the earlier of which resulted from a pilot passing out at the wheel after suffering from fatigue while on pain killers. The 2003 ferry crash tragically killed 11 people, and the 2010 crash, which was attributed to mechanical malfunction, injured nearly 40.

It is essential for those injured in boating or ferry accidents and their loved ones to seek out legal representation as quickly as possible to protect their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve. It is important to hire a law firm that not only has a successful personal injury track record, but also has expertise in navigating the facts and circumstances particular to boating accidents. Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP is a personal injury law firm that has been fighting for injury victims for years, and has had particular success representing victims of boating and ferry accidents. Following the 2003 Staten Island Ferry accident, Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP represented one passenger who had suffered a fractured leg and pelvis and recovered $1,125,000 for her, the largest settlement for any crash victim at the time. At the time of that settlement, 32 other victims' cases had settled for a combined $600,000.

Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP also represented victims of a 2009 boating accident that received much media attention and occurred in Long Island waters, in the Great Island Channel in Seaford. That accident involved a 40 foot speed boat, whose passengers were on their way home when the boat crashed into Goose Island, ejecting all occupants. The resulting lawsuit involved claims of negligence by the boat's operator, as well as claims of improper navigational aids against various municipalities. The case ultimately settled for $1,500,000. Indeed, Block O'Toole & Murphy has settled nearly 200 cases for a million dollars and above and the firm is universally recognized as one of the premier personal injury firms in New York State.

Choosing the right personal injury law firm is important, and a firm's experience and past record of success is perhaps the most important factor. Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP understands how to investigate and successfully litigate injury cases involving boating and ferry accidents and has access to the best experts necessary to prove these cases. On a human level, the firm understands the devastation that a catastrophic accident can cause, and will never rest until justice has been done for its clients. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating or ferry accident, please call Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP today at 212-736-5300. As with any accident, it is always best to retain a lawyer as soon as possible, so that the most timely and thorough investigation can take place and so that steps can immediately be taken to protect your rights.