Amusement Park Accidents
By Mary Ann Pekara
Amusement park rides offer the twin thrills of speed and lofty heights, and they do so in a relatively safe fashion. However, not all amusement park rides are as safe as their owners may claim.
In recent years, thousands of people have suffered injuries in amusement park accidents. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at an amusement park, your state's personal injury laws may offer some form of legal relief.
To learn more about filing a personal injury lawsuit, connect with an attorney in your area for a free consultation by completing the form below:
Amusement Park Accident Facts
While amusement parks provide entertainment for more than 280 million people each year, they do not all have sterling safety records.
Statistics recently compiled by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions reveal helpful information about amusement park accidents:
- In a sample year, 1,086 injuries were reported on amusement park rides.
- Six percent of these injuries required immediate hospitalization.
- Roller coaster accidents account for roughly 34 percent of amusement park injuries.
- Children's rides caused about 10 percent of total amusement park injuries.
- The rest of the accidents occurred on what the researchers called "family and adult rides."
It is worth noting that these accidents were only the ones that were reported. It is likely that more amusement park injuries occur yet go unattended.
In addition, amusement park accidents may occur beyond the park's famous rides. Others events such as slip and fall injuries on slippery amusement park surfaces may also give rise to personal injury claims.
Amusement Park Accident Lawsuits
If you or your child has been injured in an amusement park accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your state's personal injury laws may allow you to seek legal relief for accidents caused by:
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Negligent ride supervision
- Failure to follow proper procedures
- Poorly designed rides
In addition to these possible sources of amusement park injuries, these parks may also be subject to legal liability if they have filed to obtain the proper licenses to operate dangerous rides.
For more information on your legal rights after an amusement park injury, contact a local injury lawyer today.