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Boat Accidents

Duck Boats Reportedly Designed by Businessman with No Engineering Training

Several major publications are reporting that court records indicate that the deadly duck boats were designed decades ago by a businessman who had no engineering experience.The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today are among those reporting that the designer and entrepreneur, Robert F. McDowell, had completed only two years of college and "had no background, training or certification in mechanics when...
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Dangers of Duck Boat Now Being Revealed by the Press

The Ride the Ducks Branson company reportedly was warned about dangerous safety issues and design flaws nearly a year ago regarding its amphibious vessels, according to Fox News.It is being reported by Fox News that a mechanical inspector hired by owners of the company, Ripleys Entertainment based in Florida, hired a mechanical inspector to examine 24 duck boats that it was interested in buying at...
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Duck Boat Investigators Focus on Weather-Related Decision and Apparent Lack of Life Jacket Use in Tragic Incident on Lake Waters in Missouri

Investigators updated the public and the media on its ongoing investigation into Thursday's July 19, 2018) tragic duck boat trip on Table Rock Lake that left 17 people dead and 14 more injured.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Member Earl Weener revealed on Saturday evening that a "black box," similar to that found on airplanes, had been located on the submerged duck boat and has been...
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Duck Boat Sinks in Missouri Lake Killing 17 People

A duck boat carrying 31 people sank in a storm while they were on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, on the evening of Thursday, July 19th.The boat capsized then sunk to the bottom of the lake, killing 17 people on board, reportedly even small children. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating whether life jackets were on board and used.Investigators also are looking...
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Tracy Brammeier Receives 2018 Award for the top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in Chicago

Tracy Brammeier, associate at Clifford Law Offices, received the 2018 Award for the top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in Chicago by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.Recently, she obtained, along with partners Robert Clifford and Kevin Durkin, a record $35 million settlement on behalf of a woman who was severely injured in a bus accident after about a week into the trial at the Cook County...
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