Duck Boat Accident: Multiple and Avoidable Wrongful Deaths

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Duck Boat causes another deadly accident, this time in Missouri

By now the news had spread throughout the country — 17 innocent people have been killed in an accident involving a “duck boat” on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO.

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Vehicles like this one have been used to give tours in Branson for years.

While this tragedy seems like a senseless, isolated incident now — there is a long, documented history of these amphibious tour vehicles failing and causing wrongful deaths.

According to this article by USA Today, there at least four other documented incidents of duck boats being directly involved in the wrongful deaths of the people who rode them. Here’s a brief summary:

  • Arkansas, 1999: 13 deaths
  • Philadelphia, 2010: Two deaths
  • Seattle, 2015: Five deaths
  • Boston, 2016: One death

Safe to say the parent company Ride the Ducks International, LLC is familiar with these kinds of accidents. The company is currently fighting a wrongful death lawsuit from the Seattle incident and have paid penalties in the past for accidents the amphibious vehicles have caused.

The pain and suffering endured by those involved in the Seattle accident are no different than the ones who were involved in the Branson, MO. duck boat accident. As investigators start to delve into the details of the Ride the Ducks crash, some details are already obvious to show negligent behavior.

This video of the Duck Boat capsizing in Table Rock Lake shows the pilot taking the tourists into open water during a storm, a storm which “came out of nowhere” according to Ride the Ducks’ parent company president Jim Pattison Jr. This negligent action by the company has once again led to lives lost and we still may never know the entire truth of why and how this happened.


Duck Boat Accident Victims Deserve Full and Fair Compensation for their Tragic Losses

This is unless the victims and survivors of this accident come forth to file a lawsuit against the company to make sure they are held accountable for another senseless tragedy involving one of their duck boats. Branson, MO and Table Rock Lake are wonderful tourist locations and do not deserve to have their reputations smeared by a negligent duck boat operation.

The damages suffered in this case are catastrophic. And undoubtedly, the corporation responsible for this tragedy will seek to avoid paying the victims full and fair compensation. The Missouri wrongful death attorneys at Walton Telken Injury Attorneys stand ready to fight for the victims and to hold this company responsible.

Our attorneys are experienced in personal injury and wrongful death cases in Missouri.  If you have suffered a personal injury, loss of a loved one or other damages in the duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO, call our office today at 314-309-2453 for a free, no-obligation consultation.



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