Updated on: 2/19/2019
Many of the survivors of the 'Ride The Ducks' accident will have costly past and future medical bills, lasting injuries, traumatic emotional scars, and some may require medical treatment for weeks and months to come.
The family members of the catastrophe's fatal accident victims will suffer not only the detesting loss of a loved one, but they may also have been left with hefty medical bills.
As officials investigate the 'Ride The Ducks' crash, evidence is beginning to shed light on the cause of the accident and some legal questions are finally starting to get answered. Negligent acts and omissions committed by employees, managers, corporate officers and owners directly lead to the circumstances that caused the 'Ride The Ducks' vehicle to crash
But in order to pursue the entire truth of what happened; get all public safety questions answered; and to hold all of those who are responsible for the horrible tragedy accountable it will likely be necessary for the victim/survivors to file a lawsuit.
Seattle Settles with 'Ride the Ducks' Victims for $4.4 Million
Three years after a deadly 'Ride the Ducks' crash in Seattle, Washington state and the city of Seattle settled with 12 plaintiffs who filed suit over the 2015 deadly duck boat crash on the Aurora Bridge. In June 2018, the city agreed to pay $2.2 million to nine of the plaintiffs.
The other three plaintiffs settled individually for amounts of $75,000 or less.
The state also agreed to settle with nine of the plaintiffs for a similar amount, for a total government payout of more than $4.4 million.
'Ride the Ducks' in Philadelphia Settles with Victims for $17 Million
The operators of two 'Ride the Ducks' vessels in a 2010 duck boat crash settled with the victims' families for $15 million. Nearly 20 others victims involved in the accident received $2 million.
Ride the Ducks issued a statement saying it is "glad to bring closure to this sad chapter" and expressing sympathy, noting that "as parents ourselves, we are sorry for what they have experienced."
Will the 'Ride The Ducks' Victims get Fairly Compensated for Injuries, Harms & Losses?
The harms and losses involved with any bus accident in which a large number of people are injured or killed will be substantial. Often times injured survivors and the families of the fatally wounded end up in a fight to receive fair compensation — fighting not only the responsible party and their insurance company but also each other.
When the insurance policy amounts and the financial resources of those responsible are limited, the victims and survivors must compete with one another in order to get their fair share of any settlement compensation.
As a hypothetical example, let's assume that the economic and non-economic damages suffered by seven victim/survivors of a major accident is calculated to be $20 million. But the available insurance policy coverage and other financial resources is only $10 million dollars.
How will the debts be paid? How will each victim/survivor's settlement amount be determined? Who determines how much each victim/survivor will receive? Will get compensated more than others? The skills, abilities and experience of the attorneys involved will directly impact the individual outcomes.
Award-winning personal injury attorney Chris Davis has handled numerous cases involving commercial vehicles, transit bus operators, etc. Davis Law Group has also handled many cases that required NTSB investigations, perhaps most notably the Skagit River Bridge Collapse case. And the law firm and its attorneys have handled numerous multi-victim accidents in which we had to vigorously fight for the best interests of our clients. We are very familiar with the legal strategies and tactics that are frequently utilized in such cases.
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