Amusement Park Accidents
Thousands of children are hurt every year due to amusement park accidents.
Far-fetched? Not at all.
According to statistics gathered by the Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey, approximately 290 million guests visit 400 U.S. amusement parks annually and partake in approximately 1.7 billion rides in those parks.
Take Southern California, for instance.
In Southern California, we have our share of amusement parks, including Disneyland, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm. Additionally, as we go further south, we have Legoland and SeaWorld. These are favorite destination locations for both California residents and millions of visitors.
Let’s face it…
Of course the number of serious injuries suffered while riding an amusement park ride remains small. Nevertheless, if an unfortunate accident does occur, injuries tend to be serious, with some resulting in death. Amusement park accidents generally fall into one of the following categories:
1. Negligence on the part of the guest: A park guest can get injured if he or she fails or refuses to follow specific ride instructions, especially those involving safety.
2. As a result of a guest’s known or unknown health issues.
3. A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident inside one of the structures or in the common/outdoor areas.
4. Negligence on the part of the amusement park caused either by a ride operator or failure to maintain proper equipment. These may include
- Operator error
- Inappropriate supervision
- Poor maintenance
- Defective design
- Missing safety equipment
- Mechanical failure
- Malfunctioning lap bars and safety restraints
If you have been injured in an amusement park accident, the amusement park accident attorneys at The Mason Law Firm can help give you a fair and reasonable assessment of the incident and your injuries. In addition, we can educate you on your options, which may include theories of liability involving negligence, products liability and premises liability.
One More Important Point
Finally, if you are injured, be mindful of documents presented to you and never sign any documents presented to you by the amusement park or anyone affiliated with the amusement park before contacting an experienced personal injury attorney, such as Mason Rashtian of The Mason Law Firm. Our case evaluation if free and there is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.