Blue & Gold Fleet is the one of the Bay Area’s largest providers of ferry services for sightseeing tours, private cruises and scheduled ferry service. Located at Pier 39 in San Francisco, scores of visitors and locals alike board these ferries every day to take in the sights or to travel to and from work.
Under law, ferries are considered “common carriers” as they carry passengers as a part of a business operation open to the public. The law states that common carriers must exercise the highest degree of care and vigilance to ensure passengers and the public are safe.
While nearly not as common as in other countries around the world, ferry accidents do sometimes happen in the US. In the mid 1990s, a ferry coming into San Francisco from Sausalito in heavy fog slammed into a seawall, injuring numerous passengers. More recently, in 2012 a New York ferry in the Hudson river carrying over 300 passengers slammed into a lower Manhattan pier, injuring dozens. Upon impact, passengers were tossed around like rag dolls, striking walls, seats and windows.
When a passenger is injured in a ferry accident, the operator of the boat and the captain can be held accountable for unsafe conditions or negligent actions. Ferry passengers are covered under standard personal injury law wherein they can bring claims for compensation for their injuries. However, even if the liability in a case is crystal clear, it can be difficult to get the compensation you are due. This is because tour operators and ferry companies work hard to discredit liability claims which makes it important to hire an experienced attorney.
The legal team at Hogan Injury understands the challenges of building a strong case for financial recovery. Our Bay Area personal injury attorneys represent people who were injured in all types of accidents including accidents on ferry boats. We also assist families in recovering compensation when they have lost loved ones in accidents and need to pursue wrongful death lawsuits. We operate on a contingent fee basis which means you pay us nothing until we successfully achieve a financial recovery in your case.
Our attorneys work hard to help people through difficult times. We understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges an injured individual faces following an accident. When you call us, you’re given the assurance of knowing we’ll help you gain any financial compensation you are legally entitled to for the injuries you’ve sustained.