Amusement Park Injury Lawyers
Amusement park rides (such as roller coasters, water slides, bumper cars, spinning rides, and the like) cause thousands of injuries each year — everything ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe head trauma. The most serious theme park ride mishaps can even result in death.
How Common Are Amusement Park Injuries?
With more and more injuries and deaths being reported from amusement park rides it’s easy to believe that these ride related injuries are quite common. According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2006 (most recent data) approximately 8,800 people were injured on amusement park rides. These statistics reflect only those injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment, which means the total number of injuries is even higher. An additional 3,600 people were injured on inflatable amusement park rides (inflatable slides and moon bounces) and another 3,100 were hurt on public water slides.
Children represent about one half of those injured by amusement park rides, with kids between ten and 14 years old sustaining the most injuries of any age group — 17.9% of all reported injuries. Children are also the victims in three quarters of those accidents where a rider falls or is forcefully ejected from an amusement park ride.
From 1987 to 2000, 51 people were killed on amusement park rides. The biggest culprits were roller coasters (16 deaths) and whirling rides (11 deaths).
Common Types of Amusement Park Injuries
The most common injuries from amusement park accidents include:
- head, neck, and back injuries from bumper car rides or from being whipped around on spinning rides and roller coasters
- death as a result of falling or being thrown from a ride
- stroke from trauma to ligaments in the neck
- traumatic brain injury from G-forces and stresses imposed on the brain by extremely rapid speeds or from detached objects hitting the rider’s head
- brain aneurysms from roller coasters or other fast rides
- lacerations, broken bones, and torn ligaments, and
- drowning on water slides, “lazy river” rides, or other water rides.
Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
According to the CPSC, there are several leading contributors to amusement park injuries and fatalities. Most injuries occur due to:
- Mechanical failure of the ride. For example, the lap bar detaches mid-ride, a roller coaster car detaches, or a structural component breaks. Mechanical failure could be caused by a manufacturing defect or the park’s failure to maintain the ride.
- Improper operation of the ride. For example, the operator abruptly stops the ride or incorrectly latches a seatbelt.
- Passenger misuse or failure to follow instructions. For example, a rider intentionally rocks a car, stands up mid-ride, unlatches safety restraints, sits improperly, or holds a child above the safety restraint.
- Nature of the ride. An amusement park ride may still cause an injury simply because of the nature of the ride itself.
Our Amusement Park Injury Attorneys Can Help
The amusement park attorneys at the Pisanchyn Law Firm can get you the compensation you deserve after negligent acts at amusement parks or carnivals caused your injury. Call 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Scranton, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and will travel to you.