For many people, summer break is the perfect time to spend a day at the
local amusement park. Rides at these parks can cause injuries that range
from minor bumps and bruises to
back injuries and head trauma, however. Thousands of people are injured in theme park
accidents each year, and a great number of those injured individuals are
children. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident at an
amusement park, here is what you should know.
Common Types of Amusement Park Injuries
Many injuries can occur at a theme park, including these common injuries:
- Head, neck, and back injuries from impacts on bumper car rides or whipping
injuries on spinning rides or rollercoasters.
- Severe injuries or death from falling from or being thrown from rides.
- Strokes due to trauma sustained to the ligaments in the neck.
Traumatic brain injuries and aneurysms due to excessive forces and stress being exerted on the
rider, or from detached objects striking the rider.
- Lacerations, fractures, and torn ligaments due to rough rides.
- Drowning in water rides, such as slides, log flume rides, and “lazy
Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
Amusement park rides should be safe, but improper use or inadequate maintenance
can cause accidents and injuries to riders. There are several factors
that can contribute to riders’ injuries, such as:
Mechanical failures, such as lap-bar detachment, ride car detachment, or broken structural
components. These failures may be related to poor maintenance or faulty
Improper ride operation, such as inadequate operator training, the operator suddenly stopping the
ride or not latching safety restraints, or operators failing to check
if restraints are latched.
Passenger misuse, such as not following directions, ignoring safety warnings, sitting improperly,
wearing restraints too loosely, or holding children outside the restraints.
Nature of the rides, including the inherent danger of rides, the stresses of riding, and other
factors that can endanger riders.
Who is Liable for Accidents at Amusement Parks?
Depending on the nature of the accident, the liability for your injuries
may lie with different parties. The amusement park or the ride manufacturers
may be held responsible or partially responsible for your accident if
it is found that negligence on their part contributed to the accident.
The type of claim you can make for your accident will rely on the details
of your accident, but the most common are negligence and product liability claims.
You are likely to make a negligence claim if your injury was caused by
other factors than equipment failure. It can be difficult to prove negligence
on the part of the amusement park, but an experienced personal injury
attorney can assist you in proving that your accident could have been
prevented if the other party had taken appropriate actions.
Examples of negligent actions may be:
- Failing to post adequate warnings that riders with health problems should
avoid the ride.
- Failing to appropriately warn riders of the risks.
- Failing to properly train ride operators.
- Failing to inspect and maintain all equipment.
- Improperly operating a ride.
- Providing incorrect safety information to riders.
Defective rides and components can cause injuries, but may not be covered
in a negligence claim. If parts of the ride were designed poorly or unsafely,
the manufacturer may be held responsible for injuries. In a product liability
claim, your attorney will strive to prove that your injury was caused
by a defective part or unsafe design was to blame for your accident.
Often, it can be difficult to recover damages after an injury sustained
in an amusement park accident. Many parks take steps to protect themselves
from liability, which is why it is critical that you engage the help of
a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in theme park accidents. You
deserve to receive compensation for your injuries, and your attorney can
help you fight for a settlement that meets your needs.
If you’ve been injured in an amusement park accident, our Austin
personal injury attorneys are prepared to help with your claim. Our firm boasts more than
50 years of collective experience, and you can trust that your interests
are our primary concern. At
Komie & Morrow, LLP, we offer the dedicated representation you deserve.
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