Ship Collision Accidents: Understanding Your Rights

Ship collisions, whether with other vessels, bridges, pontoons, or other structures, can cause devastating injuries, property damage, and environmental harm. Navigating the legal aftermath of these accidents along busy waterways like the East River can be a daunting task. The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge understands the complex accident laws governing New York’s waterways and can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Types of Ship Collision Accidents

  • Collisions with Bridges: Impacts with bridges can result in major structural damage, traffic disruptions, and significant casualties. These accidents are often caused by navigational errors, poor weather, or mechanical malfunctions.
  • Collisions with Floating Pontoons: Pontoons and other floating structures are susceptible to collisions, especially in busy harbors or marinas. These accidents can cause injuries to boaters and significant property damage.
  • Collisions with Other Ships: Collisions between ships can range from minor fender-benders to catastrophic events leading to injuries, cargo loss, and oil spills. Causes include human error, equipment failure, and poor visibility.
  • East River Accidents: The East River, with its high traffic, strong currents, and narrow channels, poses unique risks for ship collisions.

Causes of Ship Collisions

Many factors can contribute to ship collisions, including:

  • Human Error: Operator negligence, recklessness, fatigue, or inadequate training are significant factors in many accidents.
  • Weather Conditions: Fog, high winds, heavy rain, and rough seas can impair visibility and vessel maneuverability.
  • Mechanical Failure: Engine failures, steering malfunctions, or other equipment problems can lead to loss of control and collisions.
  • Navigational Errors: Miscalculations, poor communication, or unfamiliarity with waterways can result in dangerous situations.

Liability in Ship Collision Cases

Determining liability in a ship collision case is complex and often involves multiple parties:

  • Ship Owners: May be liable for negligence on the part of their crew or for unseaworthy vessels.
  • Operators: Can be held responsible for their actions or inactions that led to the collision.
  • Maintenance & Repair Companies: May be liable if faulty repairs or maintenance contributed to the accident.
  • Government Entities: Could be liable for failing to maintain safe waterways or navigational aids.

Protecting Your Rights After a Ship Collision

If you’ve been involved in a ship collision accident, follow these steps:

  1. Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Prioritize the safety of yourself and others, obtaining necessary medical care.
  2. Document the Incident: Collect photos, videos, witness statements, and any relevant information.
  3. Report the Accident: Promptly notify the Coast Guard and appropriate authorities.
  4. Contact an Experienced Maritime Lawyer: The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge specializes in maritime law and can help you understand your legal options and protect your rights to compensation.

The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge: Your Ship Collisions Law Advocates

Don’t face the complexities of a ship collision case alone. The Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge will fight for fair compensation for your injuries, lost wages, property damage, and other losses. We offer free consultations and are committed to securing the justice you deserve.

Contact Us: Law Offices of Michael T. Ridge 910 Grand Concourse, Suite 1D Bronx, New York, 10451

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