Landmark Trial: Seattle Ride the Ducks Aurora Bridge Disaster
On September 24, 2015, the worst mass transit disaster in Seattle history occurred when a Ride the Ducks amphibious vehicle full of tourists suffered a catastrophic axle fracture on the Aurora Bridge and crashed into a Motor Coach carrying international students from North Seattle College. A total of five students were killed and 70 others injured.
The Stritmatter Firm was lead counsel for a group of almost 50 plaintiffs including family members of three students who were killed. These plaintiffs either hired us directly or were represented by co-counsel who banded together with us.
A four month trial was held between October 1, 2018 and February 7, 2019. The plaintiffs were represented in trial by the Firm. After nine days of deliberation the jury entered a verdict for more than $123 Million against Ride the Ducks Seattle, the tour operator, and Ride the Ducks International, the manufacturer.