Santa Clarita Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
California is home to some of the nation’s finest and busiest theme parks. The high number of serious injuries and lawsuits filed each year are therefore not surprising. Tragically, thousands of kids get hurt every year in amusement park accidents.
Unfortunately, accidents still occur in these parks, despite internal safety regulations and legal frameworks designed to keep visitors safe. Owners, manufacturers, and operators are not always held liable for their customers’ safety.
Millions of people visit amusement parks every year
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.
Accidents resulting in severe injuries at amusement parks
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
Hiring a Lawyer to Represent You in an Amusement Park Accident
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.