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.   



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NTSB & NHTSA Findings

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Jury Verdict


Crash Video

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Legal Documents

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Mass Transit Disaster Response

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Closing Argument

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Media Coverage