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Seattle Bus Crash Raises Safety Concerns: Are Duck Boats Safe?

January 29, 2016
Colson Hicks Eidson

From Seattle, to Austin, to Miami—duck boats are a tourism sensation. They allow vacationers to see the sights of big cities before casting off to explore the waterways. Over the last several years, these boats have increased in popularity, but has that popularity kept us from asking…

Are Duck Boats Safe

On Thursday September 24th a bus full of international students taking a tour of Seattle was t-boned when a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle lost control. Over 50 people were injured, and five people succumbed to the injuries they sustained during the crash. Witnesses claim that one of the duck boat’s wheels locked up and caused the crash, and the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) might know why.

What Caused The Duck Boat Accident?

“Yesterday I mentioned that we found a failure in a component of the left front wheel. The NTSB has learned that Ride the Ducks International, which refurbished the accident vehicle in 2005, notified its customers of a potential safety related concern in 2013. They recommended repair or increased monitoring by operators,” Earl Weener, a spokesman for the NTSB, said.

According to the NTSB, the front axle of the Seattle duck boat broke, which may have caused the accident. While the investigation is still ongoing, the tour company—Ride the Ducks—will be closed for business and its entire fleet will be examined before it is allowed to reopen. Now duck boat touring companies—including many in Florida—are examining their own amphibious fleets to ensure safety.

Ignored safety warnings can cause accidents just like the one in Seattle, and holding companies responsible for such crashes can help make industries like duck boat touring safer. To find out more about your rights in an automotive accident, check out our defective auto parts page, and keep following our blogTwitter, and Facebook for more news and information.

Colson Hicks Eidson—Injury Attorneys