When we visit an amusement park with friends, family and loved ones, disaster and tragedy are the last things on our minds. We look forward to a fun time enjoying the thrills, spills, crazy rides and daring stunts, lots of food, music, entertainment and fun. However, amusement parks are also places where danger lurks in the most unexpected places. While park-owners and organizers ensure that all safety precautions are taken, accidents can and do happen, with devastating results.
Amusement Park Injuries World-wide
Some of the worst disasters involving children have happened at amusement parks all over the world. In Japan, the country’s worst roller-coaster disaster happened at Osaka, when the spectacular Fujin Raijin roller-coaster derailed in 2007, killing a college student and seriously injuring 19 others. Similar disasters have happened in California, Massachusetts, Alberta (Canada) and a host of other locations. Obviously the first priority when such incidents occur is to get medical help immediately. Following this, it’s important for victims to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, because those at fault must be held liable and pay compensation to the injured.
Statistics show that thousands of people are injured in amusement parks every year, but not all of them are reported, since they’re not considered serious enough by the victims. The Amusement Ride Operator’s Safety Handbook developed by the Amusement Ride Industry in partnership with the Technical Standards and Safety Authority of Canada provides safety guidelines and instructions about maintaining standards.
Typical Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement parks usually have a combination of roller-coasters, water-slides, rides, bumper cars, etc designed for various age groups. Additionally there are theme-based amusement parks like water parks, game or safari-themed parks, fictional-character themed, adventure/sports themes etc. Typical causes of amusement park accidents include:
Operator error: Such accidents are less likely to occur in large professionally run amusement parks and are more a feature of smaller, unregulated, traveling companies. The ride operator, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, makes errors due to negligence or fault. They may also be fatigued, inexperienced, not competent, etc and may fail to notice potential problems, rider problems or mechanical problems with the equipment. Professional parks must employ trained, licensed and qualified personnel and there should be more than one person to operate a ride. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can investigate these matters.
Poorly-maintained equipment: Old, faulty, defective and cheap equipment that’s not regularly serviced provides a recipe for disaster. It may stop, speed-up, collide, break off or eject parts. Aging equipment, when run continuously for hours on end, is sure to break down and cause serious injuries to riders.
Poor design: Transient amusement parks are more likely to have poorly-designed rides and equipment which has been hastily assembled. Sometimes, very large roller-coasters in larger amusement parks may fail because they’ve been poorly tested. Park-owners are always in a hurry to introduce new items.
Lack of Safety on Premises: Muggings, assaults, robberies and crimes against visitors are another typical hazard in amusement parks. Visitors from out-of-town generally carry a lot of cash, valuable cameras etc attracting criminal elements. Lack of proper surveillance, CCTV cameras, security guards etc can compromise visitors’ safety as our 24×7 injury lawyers are aware of.
Passenger Misuse: When riders fail to follow safety instructions.
Nature of the Ride: Certain rides cause headaches, dizziness, retinal/cerebral hemorrhage, etc simply because of the speed and spinning.
When an accident or harm happens to a visitor in amusement parks, the owner is held responsible as they have a duty of care to ensure safety on their premises. Our free consultation injury lawyers can evaluate your case and provide a comprehensive assessment.
Types of Injuries
• Broken bones/fractures
• Torn ligaments, strains, sprains
• Head, back, spinal-cord, neck injuries
• Traumatic brain injury
• Brain aneurysms from super-fast rides
• Death by falling from heights
• Hit by falling parts
How We Can Assist
If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park, our immediate injury lawyer available can advise you about your rights and safeguard your interests. Park tickets do have a disclaimer which absolves the owners of liability when you enter the park, but this is rarely upheld in court, as most people don’t read it. Children are not legally able to enter such contracts. Our serious injury lawyers can ensure that your claim is upheld either on the grounds of negligence or product liability, the most common causes for accidents. Compensation is available for medical expenditure, rehabilitation, pain and suffering, long/short term disability, funeral expenses, home-maintenance, loss of care/guidance, etc.
If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333 or Text a Personal Injury Lawyer 24/7 and get instant help.TM (416 807 3486)
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