A trip on a ferry is supposed to be calm and relaxing. However just like vehicles in the air and on the ground accidents can also happen in a vehicle at sea. When people think of accident compensation they will usually think of vehicles crashing on the road and may not necessarily realise that they can claim if they are passengers on board a ferry. However it is possible to make ferry accident claims in the event of something going wrong at sea.
How a ferry accident can occur
- An error on the part of the operator – accidentally driving too fast, too slow, wrong direction and so forth.
- Poor maintenance – The damage can be increased (and therefore the risk to passengers) due to not properly repairing the ferry
- Not properly enforcing health and safety rules – For example if the deck is wet and you trip over then you could sue for not being properly informed.
- Overloading – If the ferry has too many passengers then this increases the risk of an accident and therefore the operator could be potentially liable.
All of these factors could potentially result in an accident and this in turn can result in spinal injuries, head injuries and broken bones and the more severe those injuries are the larger your potential claim.
What you could potentially claim for
- Medical costs – This may include physiotherapy and other possible costs involved while you are recovering from an injury.
- Loss of earnings – If your injuries are severe enough you may find yourself unable to work and may be able to receive compensation for the money you would have received had you been able to work.
- Emotional pain and suffering – While this is not as easy to quantify you may be able to get assessed and determine if you have been mentally and emotionally affected by the accident as well as physically.
Of course the difficulty is in ascertaining what has occurred and how it has affected you. There is also the debate about how much the ferry company can be directly liable for. This is why you need the right advice. Fortunately with the Accident Advice Helpline you have over 13 years of experience and the endorsement of consumer rights campaigner Esther Rantzen on your side!
Pursuing ferry accident claims
It is worth contacting us as soon as an incident has occurred. While it can be difficult in the middle of an incident, it is recommended that you take pictures, especially if you can show that the ferry has not been properly maintained or anyone has not properly enforced health and safety rules. You may want to discuss this with other passengers as well to see if they will be witnesses for you and be willing to speak on your behalf.
Contact the Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more so you can decide if you want to pursue a claim and get the compensation you deserve.Open Claim Calculator