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Ride the Ducks Cases
The firm of Stritmatter Kessler represents the largest number of victims from the September 2015 Ride the Ducks crash on Aurora Bridge in Seattle. At last count*, our attorneys represent 20 Ride the Ducks victims. The cases involve claims of driver negligence, corporate negligence, product liability, vehicle crashworthiness, negligent highway design, and insurance coverage. It is complicated and will take years to litigate. The defendants include Ride the Ducks (RTD) Seattle, Ride the Ducks International, and T.H.E., their insurance company. The City of Seattle and the State of Washington are also defendants. These entities were legally responsible to maintain the Aurora Bridge in a reasonably safe condition. But they failed to adopt their own safety recommendations. *Last updated June 15, 2016.
Ride the Ducks victim seeks justice
Ride the Ducks victim seeks justice. (Ellen M. Bonner/Seattle Times)

Ride the Ducks victim fights to get justice. (Ellen M. Bonner/Seattle Times)

On September 24, 2015, a Ride the Duck modified amphibious military vehicle crossed the centerline of the SR 99 Aurora Bridge and into a tour bus. The passenger compartment of the bus was penetrated.  5 people in the bus died and approximately 64 people were injured. Phuong Dihn, an 18 year old international student from Vietnam, was seriously injured.

The Duck was re-manufactured by Ride the Ducks International, who sold the vehicle to Ride the Ducks Seattle in 2005.  In 2013, RTD International realized the axel housing was dangerously defective. It issued a service bulletin to it purchasers, warning of the defect and advising of the need for repair. RTD Seattle did not perform the repair. The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board is that the left axle of the Duck failed.

NTSB graphic of Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle.

NTSB graphic of Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle.

Phuong is one of the four of the injured students who remain in a nursing home. Her parents came to care for her but had to leave their other young children behind. She is unable to attend school. When she is discharged, she will need to find a new host parent who will be able to provide accessible housing due to her injuries.

Please help Phuong, as she struggles to recover at this secure site. Donations may also be made by mailing checks to our firm (please include “C/O: Dinh, P: Seattle Aurora Bus Crash 10.2015”)

You may also help Phuong and the other students injured in the crash by donating to the special fund set up by the Salvation Army. 

Tour bus that Ride the Ducks crashed into. Image Credit: NTSB. Tour bus that Ride the Ducks crashed into. Image Credit: NTSB.

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Qamar v. Leonard Trucking, Inc.

(May 2006) $1,850,000 settlement for death of a 62-year-old UW professor when struck by a load of logs that fell off logging truck.

Wilbur/Johnson v. Lutton Trucking, Inc.

(April 2005) $1,700,000 settlement for badly fractured hip that required a hip replacement for a 23-year-old young man who also suffered from PTSD and depression as a result of the crash.

Glubrecht v. Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc.

(April 2003) $1,200,000 settlement for a tow truck operator injured by a forklift with a faulty emergency brake resulting in thoracic outlet syndrome, partial removal of a lung and a neck fusion.