Boat accident leaves 4 dead

Louisiana residents may be have heard that on Sept. 14, four vehicles collided, leaving four people dead and another 15 people critically injured. Authorities said that another 33 people suffered less serious injuries and that 17 remained hospitalized through the evening. Among the vehicles were a duck boat and a charter bus carrying North Seattle College students. Four of those who died were international students attending the school.

The duck boat was operated by a company called Ride the Ducks, and it said that the Aurora Bridge was one of the highlights of its tour of Seattle. It also said in a statement that it expressed its sincerest condolences to those who were involved in the crash. Authorities said that the cause of the accident may not be known for some time and that the focus immediately after the accident was the welfare of the victims.

Those who are involved in a serious accident may suffer long-term or permanent injuries that could lead to lifelong medical costs and other expenses. In some cases, injured victimsmay not be able to return to work or may suffer from a lower quality of life. However, it may be possible to obtain compensation for medical bills, long-term care costs and loss of income.

The causes of a motor vehicle accident like this one may not be initially evident. An attorney for an injured victim may be able to determine the party or parties that should be held responsible in a personal injury lawsuit by examining the official police investigation report and eyewitness testimony and, in the case of a commercial vehicle, maintenance and repair logs.

Source: ABC News, "Seattle Duck Boat, Bus Collision Leaves 4 College Students Dead", Meghan Keneally, Sept. 24, 2015

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