While not frequent, San Francisco certainly has seen its share of ferry accidents resulting in injuries to passengers and crew:
- A Baylink ferry carrying 142 passengers lost steering control backing out of Pier 41 on a run to Vallejo. Many were injured.
- A Red and White Fleet ferry coming into San Francisco from Sausalito in dense fog rammed into a seawall near Aquatic Park, injuring 17 passengers, including German tourists who were part of a tour group.
These were dramatic ferry accidents. Far more common are injuries to tourists and business visitors on Alcatraz cruises and Hornblower yachts.
If you are injured on a ferry, tourist cruise or other maritime conveyance, the operator of the boat can be held accountable for unsafe conditions or negligent actions. Passengers onboard a ferry are covered under standard personal injury law and can bring a claim for compensation for their injuries.
Get Experienced Legal Help
The Bay Area boat injury attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger can help. We are San Francisco’s oldest and best-known personal injury law firm. In our more than 50 years of service representing injured people, our law firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured people, including tourists and business travelers hurt while visiting the Bay Area.
Even when there is clear liability for an accident, however, it is difficult to get the compensation you are owed. Tour operators, ferry companies, and boat owners often use complicated legal theories to limit their liability, making it difficult to recover the full value of a claim. It’s vitally important to talk to an experienced California ferry accident lawyer or your case may be devalued.
We understand the challenges of building an effective case for financial recovery. We know how to investigate marine-related accidents and how to unearth the sometimes tangled business relationships companies use to limit their liability. We are committed in our pursuit of compensation for our clients.
Representing Ferry Employees
While most injured workers are covered by workers’ compensation law, most workers on ferries are covered under maritime law. Maritime law operates in a very different way from workers’ compensation and the types of compensation you can receive for your injuries will be different. We represent injured ferry workers, as well as those who work for ferry companies at the harbor.
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Contact a Bay Area boat injury attorney at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. Call (415) 981-7210 for a free no-obligation consultation. We handle all mass transit accident cases on a contingent fee basis. This means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we are successful in achieving a financial recovery in your case.