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Ferry Accident Lawyer

Ferry Accident Lawyer

California Ferryboat Injury Attorney Preston Easley Helps Victims of Ferry Accidents in CA and Throughout HI Collect Maximum Compensation for Their Injuries and Losses

As a general rule, ferry accidents are more frequent, and more severe, in second- and third-world countries, where severe overcrowding goes hand in hand with lax safety regulations. But major ferry accidents can also occur  in the U.S., as witness the crash in 2003 of New York’s famous Staten Island Ferry. Eleven people were killed in this disaster and dozens more seriously injured; it was later determined that the ship’s captain had been taking over-the-counter painkillers and was too drowsy to properly operate the vessel. As a result, the City of New York has already paid out over $50 million in damages to victims and their families, and some lawsuits are still unresolved through the court system. If you’ve been involved in a ferry accident, contact a ferry accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Preston Easley.

Passengers injured in ferry accidents have recourse to recover damages under mainland U.S. civil tort law, while crew members may be able to recover under the Jones Act.

Liabilities And Responsibilities Of Ferry Owners And Captains

The owners, and captains of ferries are legally responsible for providing safe transport for their passengers. The vessels should be regularly inspected for leaks or mechanical failures, all equipment (including steering, brake and alarm systems) should be kept in top-notch operating condition, and the ship should contain enough personal flotation devices to accommodate all passengers and crew in the event of a serious accident. The captain also has a duty not to navigate his ship safely, free from reckless or negligent behavior such as exceeding safe speed limits in order to keep the ferry on a predetermined schedule.

A ferry boat be in good physical condition and attention must also be paid to ensure the safety of crew and passengers. No ferry should take on more passengers than the legal limit (this is why ferry disasters in other countries often result in hundreds of fatalities), or more vehicles, if the vessel is used to transport cars. The ferry’s crew should be properly trained, and the boat itself should be adequately crewed.  If a ferry accident results from a vessel having an insufficient number of crew members, that, in itself, can be grounds for a lawsuit.

Holding Municipalities Accountable

In smaller locations, it may sometimes be the case that an improperly equipped or unsuitable vessel has been pressed into ferry service, or one that can’t safely accommodate multiple passengers, or one that hasn’t even been licensed or inspected by the authorities. If lax oversight by government institutions can be shown to be a contributing cause of a ferry accident, you may be entitled to recover damages from the municipality itself, in addition to the ferry’s owner, captain or crew.

Ferry Crew Member Injuries Under The Jones Act

Ferry crew members will often be covered by the Jones Act (a century-old piece of legislation that extends mainland liability laws to maritime employees.)   There are many ways in which a ferry crew member can be injured in an accident—not only the obvious (crashing into the dock, falling overboard) but also in ways particular to the ferry lifestyle (say, being crushed between two improperly secured cars)

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Serving All Of Hawaii And California

If you have been injured in a ferry boat accident, whether your case falls under maritime law or civil law, our lawyers can help.  If you lost a loved one in a fatal accident involving a ferry, our attorneys can help you get civil justice and compensation.  Call today, or email us, to arrange for a free initial legal consultation to learn more about your rights and the best approach in taking legal action against any parties who can be held accountable for your loss.

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Cases We Handle

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    Longshoremen & Shipyard Workers

    Longshoring and shipyard work are very dangerous occupations. Workers in these fields, along with marine construction workers, are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, a very generous no-fault workers’ compensation system. It covers medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation.

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    Jones Act Seamen

    A seaman is a member of the crew of a vessel or group of vessels under common ownership or control. The vessel can be anything from a raft to a cargo ship. We represent seamen who work aboard recreational vessels, tugboats, dredges, barges, skiffs, workboats and cargo ships. We also represent seamen who are marine construction workers

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  • Diving

    We represent people who have been injured in SCUBA diving accidents and Commercial diving accidents. We also handle diving boat accidents. Diving can be very dangerous. We successfully represented a commercial diver who was seriously injured while cleaning the propeller of a U.S. Navy ship at Pearl Harbor

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  • accident at construction site and hard hat on floor

    Construction & Industrial Accidents

    Construction and industrial sites can be very dangerous. Although you generally cannot sue your own employer for a construction site or industrial accident (generally workers’ compensation is your exclusive remedy against your employer) there are many circumstances in which you can file a third party lawsuit against an entity other than your employer for an unsafe condition at a work site which causes you to be injured

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  • Forklift and Crane Injuries Lawyer

    Crane & Forklift Accidents

    The Easley firm has extensive experience with crane and forklift accidents and workplace accidents involving dangerous equipment and machinery. These accidents can be caused by operator error and they can be caused by the unsafe and defective condition of the equipment

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  • auto accident involving two cars on a city street

    Motor Vehicle & Truck Accidents

    Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injury and death. These kinds of accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and unsafe road design and unsafe road conditions

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  • Catamaran Injuries Attorney

    Passenger Vessel Accidents

    Passenger accidents are common on recreational vessels, catamarans, tour boats and cruise ships.  They are frequently caused by rough sea conditions and unsafe conditions aboard the vessels.  The Easley firm has extensive experience in the field of maritime law.  We have made new law in the field of maritime law with numerous precedent setting decisions in the State Appellate Courts, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court

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    Defense Base Act

    The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which covers civilian employees of U.S. defense contractors injured overseas, including war zones. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act as extended by the Defense Base Act is a very generous no fault workers’ compensation system

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Areas Where We Practice

Preston Easley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He served five years of active duty as a Naval officer — three years as a deck officer on a fast frigate and two years as a patrol boat skipper. Mr. Easley also served aboard a tank landing ship in the reserves.

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Let Us Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Preston Easley is an experienced lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state personal injury cases. He will aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. Attorney Easley represents victims of serious and fatal accidents involving cars, trucks, construction projects and maritime work.

Construction Workers We Help

  • Crane and Forklift Operators
  • Pile Drivers
  • Scaffold Workers
  • Iron Workers
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Operating Engineers
  • Electricians

Maritime Workers We Help

  • National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) Shipyard Workers
  • Manson Construction Company Workers
  • Manson Dredging Workers
  • Dutra Dredging Workers
  • Commercial Divers
  • Scuba Divers
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Government Maritime Claims Against the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, or the US Coast Guard, etc.
  • Marine Construction Workers
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Workers
  • Seamen
  • Shipyard Workers
  • YYK Enterprises, Inc.
  • Pacific Tugboat Service
  • Long Beach Container Terminal
  • Tugboat, Dredge, Longshoremen, and Ferry Workers
  • Barge Crews and Barge Workers
  • Marisco Limited
  • HL Welding
  • SSA Marine
  • Catalina Express
  • R.E. State Engineering
  • Shimmick Construction
  • Nova Group
  • American Scaffolding
  • Safway Scaffolding
  • Kirby Tugs
  • Crowley Tugboats
  • P&R Water Taxi
  • Continental Maritime
  • Pacific Ship Repair
  • Seaward Marine
  • Healy Tibbitts
  • General Construction
  • BAE Shipyards
  • South Coast Welding
  • Matson
  • Pasha
  • Hawaii Stevedores, Inc.
  • McCabe, Hamilton & Renny
  • Young Brothers
  • Sause Bros.
  • Foss Maritime
  • Fenix Marine Services
  • ITS
  • Total Terminals
  • TraPac
  • PCMC
  • Maersk
  • Yang Ming
  • China Overseas Shipping
  • Evergreen

Boating Accidents

  • Catamaran Accidents
  • Charter and Tour Boats
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft
  • Motorboat Accidents
  • Recreational Accidents
  • Scuba Diving Accidents
  • Speed Boat Accidents
  • Yachts and Sail Boat Accidents
  • Repair Accidents
  • Crew Accidents
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