Last week was spring break for my boys, so I took one of them, shown here with me, to Boston. (Actually, we were there to take my mother to see some specialists, but that’s another story . . .). While there, we jumped on the Boston Duck Tour. That’s an amphibious tour bus — the same bus that wheels you through the streets of Boston eventually plunges into, and then puts around in, the Boston harbor. See picture below.
As a Central New York personal injury lawyer, I see a lot of accidents, and it seems like a lot of them happen on holidays. Where others see fun I see disaster. And getting on a tour bus destined to drive into the Boston harbor was not exactly a tonic to my accident-phobia.
The driver’s instructions just before we took the plunge only made matters worse:
Driver: “If the vessel should begin to sink, the life jackets can be found . . .”
Me: “What?! That’s actually possible?!”
My law firm represented the families of several retirees killed on a tour boat that capsized on Lake George only a few years ago. With that background, it is not surprising that, as the duck bus bounced around harmlessly in a slightly choppy harbor, the imaginary headline in my head read: “Boston Duck Tour sinks killing 23!”
Needless to say, we made it back to shore safe and sound. But not content to leave well enough alone, I later googled (from a safe and dry place) “duck tour accidents”. I learned that in 1999 a Duck tour bus sank in Hot Springs, Arkansas, killing 13 of the 20 people on board, that on June 23, 2002, a duck bus on the Ottawa River in Canada, sank, causing four passengers trapped under the vehicle’s canopy to drown, and that on July 7, 2010, a duck bus was disabled by an engine fire and later run over by a barge on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, killing two passengers.
Glad I didn’t perform this Google search BEFORE the tour.
While I wouldn’t say that my line of work actually makes me more afraid to die or of getting injured, it makes me think about it more often, and in more situations, than most people.
So yes, I got away from my work last week. But my work did not get away from me . . .
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Michael G. Bersani, Esq.
michaels-smolak.com Central NY Personal Injury Lawyers
Michaels & Smolak, P.C.