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Woman Hit by Tourist Boat – Family Sues

Lauren Fernandez1 year ago

The family of a woman struck by an amphibious tour boat in Philadelphia has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

About the Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The accident occurred on May 8th of this year when a Philadelphia tourist boat for Ride the Ducks struck a woman, Elizabeth Karnicki, during rush hour while she was crossing the street, says Fox News. The style of boat is amphibious and possesses wheels that can take sightseers on both waterways and streets. Attorneys for the woman’s family claim that the accident was in part due to “huge blind spots” on Ride The Ducks boats.

Ride The Ducks released a statement saying that its “thoughts and prayers” are with the Karnicki’s family and “safety is of paramount importance” to the company. However, Ride The Ducks insist that no citation was issued and police indicated that the company was not at fault.

A police spokesman said that witnesses claimed that Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, crossed the street against a red light and “was walking while looking at an electronic device”, reported Fox News.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys claim that the driver of the tourist boat was distracted by tour conversation and was not a “focused vehicle operator.” Ride The Ducks argue that the man is a retired commercial airline pilot and did not deliver the tour narration. He was accompanied by a narrator who delivered tour dialogue.

The lawsuit also names the city of Philadelphia, among other defendants, reports Fox News. A spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

Pedestrian Traffic Accident Statistics

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in the United States and another 76,000 were injured.
  • There is a motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian death every 2 hours in the U.S. and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.
  • There are 1.58 traffic-related pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population in the U.S., as calculated by the CDC using data from 2001 to 2010.
  • Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash on each trip than a motor vehicle occupant.
  • Older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired individuals are at the greatest risk of traffic-related pedestrian death or injury. 

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