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Ferry Accident Victims Recover $1M

More than three dozen people were on a ferry that was headed for the Wall Street area when it collided with a dock on January 9, 2013. The ferry company has since settled dozens of the passengers' claims for nearly $1 million, according to the company's lawyer.

Federal investigators interviewed the captain of the ship to ascertain what happened, but according to their reports, the captain said that he just couldn't seem to control the boat right before it crashed. The impact from the collision with the dock sent many unassuming passengers flying into walls and falling down stairs.

The New York Daily News reported that there were at least four settlements this week in U.S. District Court. Each of the settlements provided compensation for victims' physical and psychological trauma caused by the accident, with payouts in the amount of $20,000 to $80,000.

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This case is governed by maritime law since the accident happened offshore. Maritime/admiralty law is federal, which is why the cases were handled in U.S. District Court. Maritime law not only governs those who work in the maritime industry, but passengers traveling on maritime vessels. Maritime law offers legal protection to those injured at sea who, without maritime law, may not be legally protected.

When the captain, crew or owners of passenger-carrying vessels act negligently, and passengers are hurt, the at-fault party or parties can be held to account by maritime law. There is a strict statute of limitations in these types of cases, so it is critical for boat accident victims to quickly file for legal actions so they don't lose their right to do so.

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