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Amusement Park Ride Accidents

Looking for something fun to do for the whole family this summer? The many great amusement parks all around the state are calling your name! Most of these parks have rides for all ages and preferred thrill levels, ranging from the fastest and most extreme roller coasters to gentle-kid friendly rides that they can enjoy with their parents. While most of these rides are extremely safe and regularly inspected, accidents can and still do happen, resulting in a wide range of injuries.

These accidents happen more frequently than you might think as well. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 9,000 people were injured on amusement park rides back in the year 2006, with even more suffering minor injuries that didn’t require emergency room visits. More people were also injured on inflatable attractions like slides and moon bounces, and over 3,000 more were hurt on public water slides. So while a tremendous amount of attention is paid to keeping these rides as safe as possible, the injury risk is always present.

Why Do Injuries Happen?

Why do injuries happen on amusement park rides? As with most other types of injuries, negligence is usually the leading cause. Negligence is when one party fails to exercise an appropriate level of care and caution, resulting in an injury to another. Here are a few of the most common examples of negligence in amusement park accidents:

  • Mechanical failure: amusement park rides must be inspected and tested every single day to make sure they are operating safely and within required parameters. If a structural component breaks, such as a lap bar becoming detached, the park could be held liable.
  • Improper operation: Rides often have very specific operating procedures that must be followed to the letter for safety. If an operator abruptly stops a ride or a seatbelt never fully latches, injuries can occur to riders.
  • Failure to follow instructions: Operators will often give passengers specific safety instructions before launching the ride. Passengers who fail to follow these instructions could be held responsible for any injuries that they incur as well as any they may cause to another rider.

It’s not uncommon for the nature of these rides to cause a wide variety of injuries. High g-forces, sudden turns, sharp bumps, and more can all lead to a wide range of injuries. Head, neck, and back injuries are among the most common, particularly spinal injuries or head trauma from someone’s head being bumped around. However, broken bones, lacerations, and torn ligaments can all also occur.

Have you suffered an injury from an amusement park ride? Call the Midland injury lawyers at Dean Law Firm today at (432) 214-8125 to request a case evaluation!