Amusement parks, water parks, museums and theme parks are great fun. Every year, millions of Americans, both young and old, flock to such sites to spend a day enjoying themselves with friends or family. One of the main reasons that people go to these sites is for the rides.Amusement rides range from small, slow moving devices for small children to huge high speed roller coasters intended only for those thrill seekers who love to be scared. But even carousels can cause injury. We’ve all also been to the local carnivals that travel from city to city and set up shop for just a week or so. In contrast to other permanent structures at parks, these rides are constantly being assembled and disassembled which obviously leaves the door open for human error and possible tragedy.
In virtually every state, rides must be examined on a regular basis by local or regional authorities to determine if they are in good working order and safe. But unfortunately, accidents do still happen and when they do, very serious injuries or wrongful death may result. Injuries may include pinched fingers, severed fingers or limbs, crush injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones or death resulting from falls at great heights. Amusement park ride accidents may result from any number of causes, but some of the most common include:
When consumers go to theme parks, amusement parks or water parks for a day of fun, they usually spend a good deal of money for the privilege. But sometimes in return they get something that they just didn’t bargain for – injury or death. Consumers have every right to expect that their experience will be one of enjoyment and not one of danger.
Sign up to receive a 3-part series of useful information and advice about personal injury law.