PHILADELPHIA TRIAL LAWYER URGES MORATORIUM ON ALL AMPHIBIOUS TOURIST DUCK BOAT OPERATIONS FOLLOWING TODAY’S DEADLY CRASH IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON.
Robert Mongeluzzi is a national authority on duck boats and negligent operations
Philadelphia, PA -(April 30, 2016) – Attorney Robert J. Mongeluzzi, expressing his deepest sympathies over the loss of life today in Boston following a fatal accident involving a duck boat and a motor scooter, called yet again for an immediate federal moratorium on duck boat tour operations nationwide.
“How many more people have to die in duck boat accidents before authorities realize they are deadly on land and in the water,” stated Mr. Mongeluzzi. “Through our experience representing victims of duck boat disasters we’ve determined they are fatally flawed; they’re death traps on the water due to their hazardous canopy design and on land they are engineered to restrict the peripheral vision of the operator, creating significant blind spots.”
On July 7, 2010 – two young tourists on a Ride The Ducks (not the owner-operator of the Boston tour boat) Delaware River cruise were killed in an incident that sparked international controversy over whether the amphibious boat with a checkered past could safely operate. He and his team from Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, P.C., who represented the families of the victims in the 2010 duck boat tragedy, now represent the victim in the May 8, 2015 death by duck boat of tourist pedestrian Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Karnicki, PhD. She was struck and killed by a Ride the Ducks duck boat while crossing a Center City Philadelphia street with her husband, Dr. Daniel C. Karnicki, during their visit to Philadelphia. The wrongful lawsuit brought by Mr. Mongeluzzi’s firm seeks to hold Ride the Ducks responsible for the preventable tragedy, and to ensure the safety of other unsuspecting, defenseless citizens.