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How safe is it to ride or work on ferries?

Many individuals use ferries to get from where they live to their Manhattan job every day. Product distributors or logistics companies also use ferries to transport vehicles and other types of cargo, goods and materials between ports. While many of these everyday occurrences go off without a hitch, there are instances in which unfortunate accidents occur, and either passengers or workers get hurt. Individuals may sue for compensation for their injuries or loss in cases like these.

Whether a ferry accident results in passengers getting hurt or killed may hinge on how well-equipped that the crew is to deal with issues if such a disaster happens. The ship's ownership must have worked out a medical or rescue response plan that crew members are trained on and can implement quickly should the need arise.

Crews need to know how to contact the Coast Guard, have access to medical supplies and rescue boats and be able to communicate effectively with nearby boats and vessels. Crew members should also know how to radio their position to search helicopters.

Riding on or working on a ferry can be as safe as driving a passenger car. Transportation statistics show that ferries can be more dangerous than trains or planes, though.

Panic can quickly set in when an unexpected event such as an accident occurs. Planning, preparation and trial runs can help crew members know what to do when the worst-case scenario is upon them.

If you have been the victim of a ferry accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The amount of financial relief that you may be eligible for may depend on the extent of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding the event and applicable state law. An experienced attorney can represent your New York case so that you get the economic recovery that you deserve in it.

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