While amusement parks provide families and friends with a fun escape, they are not risk-free. The International Association of Amusement Parks shared that there has been a 24% increase in injuries suffered on children's amusement park rides. Although amusement park rides can be dangerous, there is no official federal regulatory establishment in place to oversee the safety of these parks. Most are held accountable to state regulation only. While the chances of experiencing an amusement park accident are slim, the danger is real.
Tragic Theme Park Accidents
Occasionally, amusement parks will make national headlines as the result of a gruesome accident or scary malfunction. Several accidents have resulted in broken bones, severed limbs, and even fatal falls. One such incident, on the Texas Giant roller coaster accident, made headlines when a woman died after a 75-foot fall. Prior to the accident, the woman had told an employee that her lap bar wasn’t latching properly. When the ride dropped, the lap bar malfunctioned and the woman fell to her death.
Decrease Your Risk of Amusement Park Injury
Incidences like these are extremely rare, but should be considered when planning a trip to an amusement park. Amusement park guests are advised to follow these tips in order to minimize risks associated with roller coasters and theme park rides:
- Obey every height, weight and age regulation
- Keep your arms and legs inside of the ride at all times
- Do not unbuckle your seatbelt and remain seated until the ride comes to a stop
- Listen to ride operators and obey all their instructions
- Use the provided safety equipment
- Don't convince someone to ride something they don't want to
- Report any unsafe conditions or behaviors to ride operators immediately
- Keep a close eye on children
In addition, if you feel that something is wrong—that your restraint is malfunctioning or otherwise—you should notify an employee and get off the ride as soon as safely possible.
Holding Amusement Parks Accountable for Dangerous Accidents
While amusement parks can often mean a fun day in the sun, these exciting times can quickly go wrong when individuals or employees do not obey amusement park policies and regulations. In addition, the negligence of roller coaster manufacturers, theme park owners, and ride operators can often result in tragic accidents. These parties should and can be held accountable for innocent park attendees' injuries.
The skilled accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin have a firm grasp on the laws surrounding theme park liability. Our premises liability lawyers can review your case and help you determine the next best step after being injured at an amusement park. Do not hesitate to call our firm today at (888) 493-1629.