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Seattle Jury Awards $123M to Plaintiffs in Duck Boat Crash Case

February 16, 2019

SEATTLE, WA. – According to a news report posted online at, a jury in Seattle, Washington, awarded $123 million to the plaintiffs in a duck boat crash case stemming back to 2015. About 40 people were involved in the lawsuit against two entities that owned and operated the duck boat that crashed.*

The accident happened on September 24, 2015, in Seattle. A duck boat, which is an amphibious vehicle that can travel on roadways and in the water, was traveling across the Aurora bridge in Seattle and collided with a tour bus. Between the duck boat and the bus, five people were killed in the accident, and close to 60 people were injured. 

About 40 victims and family members then filed a lawsuit against Ride the Ducks International and Ride the Ducks Seattle, as well as the City of Seattle and the State of Washington. After two weeks of deliberation, the jurors found for the plaintiffs and awarded them a total of $123 million. The verdict was against the two duck boat companies; The jury did not find that the city or the state were negligent. 

After the verdict, Ride the Ducks Seattle issued a public statement, saying, “Since the tragic accident on September 24, 2015, Ride the Ducks of Seattle owners, management and team members have always wanted to do right by everyone affected by the accident, but have been limited by constraints in the legal process. Today, the jury’s verdict puts us one step closer to that goal. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think of those lives that were forever changed that day.” 

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