One teenage carnival patron was fatally injured after being ejected from
an attraction at a carnival set up in El Paso on April 29th. The young woman and her friend were thrown from a spinning ride called
the Sizzler around 7:00 PM when no one else was on the ride. At this time,
the exact reason she was thrown from the ride is unknown, perhaps due
to the lack of witnesses.
The El Paso Sports Commission was set to host a similar carnival comprised
of rides from different vendors this weekend but canceled. Brian Kennedy,
the president of the organization, postponed all carnival events they
had planned out of respect of the victim’s family and the El Paso
community. An ongoing investigation into what caused the girl’s
fatal accident may also be an unspoken reason for the delays, especially
if a ride similar to the Sizzler was to be used at the El Paso Sports
Who Could Be Liable for the Accident?
Mr. Kennedy and others in the El Paso community speculated that the fatal
accident last weekend could be linked to ride operator inexperience and
a general lack of safety inspections. The carnival had been stationed
outside of a church in the city as part of a fundraiser event. Many functions
such as this involve a group or company renting out the carnival equipment
and operating it themselves after receiving basic instructions. Whether
or not the renter knows safety precautions or how to identify warning
signs of equipment failure is not taken into consideration.
Another component of renting out carnival equipment is insurance policies.
Renters are usually not permitted to use equipment and rides without first
purchasing a sizeable insurance plan that covers accidents like the one
in El Paso. An average insurance policy covers about $2 million in damages.
If you have been hurt while attending a carnival or public event, you may
be able to receive compensation for your medical bills and wages lost
while you recover. Our West Texas personal injury lawyers at Dean Law
Firm can help determine who is liable for your injuries and file a claim
against them. Call
432.214.8125 to request a
free case evaluation today.