After a Seattle Ride the Duck tour vehicle slammed into his motorcycle, Austin Porter has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the sightseeing company.

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Motorcycle Rider Files Lawsuit after Seattle Duck Tour Accident


Posted on May 20, 2012

Last fall, Seattle resident Austin Porter was run over and dragged by a Ride the Duck amphibious tour vehicle as he waited at a red light on his motorcycle. Now, he has hired an accident lawyer and filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Seattle tour vehicle company.

The accident took place in October 2011, when the 28-year-old industrial designer was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Third Avenue and Pike Street. The Duck Tour ran into Porter and dragged him several yards before witnesses to the accident banged on the side of the vehicle and yelled at the driver. Porter suffered a broken pelvis and broken knee, which required emergency surgery and several months in a nursing home. He now needs a cane to walk.

In the Washington motorcycle accident lawsuit, Porter claims that the shape and size of the vehicle makes it difficult for drivers to see others, especially small vehicles like motorcycles. In addition, drivers are often distracted by giving the tour and the tour vehicle music. Finally, the Ducks are difficult to maneuver.

This is not the first Ride the Duck accident in Seattle. In the last two years, two other rear-end Duck accidents have taken place, one at the same intersection where Porter had his accident. In both other accidents, Duck drivers told police they couldn’t see the cars because of the height and size of their vehicles.

Seattle motorcycle accident attorney Andrew Kim wishes the accident victim a complete and swift recovery.

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