A recent fatal accident involving a commercial Duck Boat Tours duck boat in the nearby Boston area resulted in the death of a 29-year old woman and injuries to another man. The man was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive his injuries. The two victims were riding a scooter when they were run over by the duck boat. Witnesses reported that the victim who was killed had blood covering her head and passengers on the duck boat were being interviewed following the fatal accident.
A high-level representative from Duck Boat Tours reported that the driver of the boat was experienced and had been with the company for seven or eight years. According to the representative, the accident was the first fatal accident for the company since 1994. The company is working with authorities to determine the cause of the fatal accident and the fatal accident is being investigated.
The abrupt and unexpected loss of a loved one can present a variety of significant challenges for surviving family members. While family members suffer the emotional harm of the loss of a loved one, they may also suffer financial and other types of difficulties associated with the loss which can sometimes be overwhelming. Because surviving family members may face a host of challenges following the unexpected loss of a loved one, the legal process seeks to protect them through the ability to make a wrongful death claim for the damages suffered following a fatal accident.
Family members of a loved one wrongfully killed may be able to receive help with funeral and medical expenses, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages, among other types of damages depending on the circumstances, through a wrongful death claim. It is important for surviving family members to be aware of the help available to them following a tragic accident.
Source: Boston Herald, “Police: Woman hit, killed by duck boat in Beacon Hill,” April 30, 2016