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Ground 'Deathtrap' Duck Boats Now After Missouri Disaster, Urges Robert Mongeluzzi's Philadelphia Law Firm


Ground 'Deathtrap' Duck Boats Now After Missouri Disaster, Urges Robert Mongeluzzi's Philadelphia Law Firm

Available to discuss why the boats are unsafe on land and in water and must be shut down

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PHILADELPHIA, July 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Trial attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi's Philadelphia law firm, which demonstrated at trial how tourist duck boats are engineered 'deathtraps' operating on land and in the water, is again calling for a national ban of the vehicles following yesterday's duck boat disaster in Branson, Missouri.

Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C., which has represented tourist-victims of duck boat fatalities on the Delaware River, and on a city street in Philadelphia, extends its deepest sympathies to the victims of the Missouri tragedy and is again urging Federal and state transportation officials to immediately halt all duck boat operations.

"There have now been more than 40 deaths associated with these inherently unsafe, novelty tourist rides," said Mr. Mongeluzzi. "After this tragedy, we again ask, What does it take for tour operators to realize that they cannot value profit more than human life and public safety? Why would those boats, which ride very low in the water on a calm day, even be operating given the severe weather conditions and posted small craft advisories? It was unconscionable. "

Andrew R. Duffy (available for interviews today in his Philadelphia office), Mr. Mongeluzzi's partner and co-counsel in wrongful death duck boat litigation, added, "Tragically, it appears that numerous recommended life-saving safety improvements were never made to the duck boats – before and after the fatal 2010 Philadelphia disaster in which two Hungarian student-passengers were killed. Our engineering experts showed how the vehicles were actually engineered to fail in a water emergency, their canopies trapping passengers in their life jackets rather than allowing their escape. This danger was known as early as 1999 and the NTSB's direction to remove the canopies was, tragically, ignored."

The 2010 Philadelphia case settled collectively for $17 million just before going to a Federal court jury.

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SOURCE Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C.

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