You’ve all probably seen those “duck tours” in various
cities that give tours on those large amphibious vehicles that look like
boats on wheels. The tourists sit high up off the ground while the tour
guide drives and provides commentary. They might sound like fun, but a
number of these tour vehicles have been in accidents, most of them due
to the driver not being able to see other drivers or pedestrians.
This was the case with motorcyclist Austin Porter in Seattle. He was stopped
at a stop light in downtown Seattle when he was run over by a Ride the
Ducks vehicle and dragged for a number of yards. This happened in October
of 2011. Porter’s injuries required surgery, hospitalization, and
months in a skilled nursing home. Porter continues with physical therapy
and uses a walking cane. So far his medical bills have hit about $500,000.
Porter recently filed a civil suit against the duck tour company for unspecified damages.
The Seattle Police continue to investigate the accident. According to Porter,
he would likely have been dragged further if bystanders hadn’t yelled
and hit the sides of the vehicle to alert the driver. A surveillance camera
at a nearby Walgreen’s also recorded the accident.
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