Ride the Ducks shut down
In a statement on its website, the company said: "Due to circumstances outside of our control, including a 330 percent increase in our insurance premiums, continued operations in
"Let's assume that we are only talking about the operations in
Ride the Ducks Philadelphia has had "huge wrongful-death losses" -- three people killed since 2010, said Drennan, who chairs the risk, insurance and healthcare management department at Temple's
"If I am an insurer, and this is one of my customers, do I really want to insure this enterprise? The answer is probably no," he said. 'The insurer's way of telling them, 'Hey, we don't want you as a customer anymore,' is to raise their insurance premium 330 percent."
"If there is any question about why their insurance rates have increased, it is because they continue to kill people," Mongeluzzi said. "This history of death goes back decades, starting with
The design of the water-to-land vehicles, he said, is flawed. "They are death traps, and the insurance rates accurately capture the danger," Mongeluzzi said.
The duck boats on land are wider than a city traffic lane. They have built-in blind spots because a bow in front extends six to eight feet, blocking the view of pedestrians, he said.
"They ride so high up on the ground there is a visibility issue," Davis said.
"It can be very difficult to see people when you are that high up off the ground, approaching an intersection," Davis said. "They also take up an enormous amount of space on the road. The incident involving the
"They are unwieldy, they have blind spots," Mongeluzzi said. "On the water, going back to the Miss Majestic, people drowned because that duck boat had a canopy. If you put on your life preserver, and you are inside and the boat begins to sink, you can't get out the window and you drown."
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