Many children have fond memories of going to an amusement park and enjoying the food, attractions, and rides there. However, they were likely unaware of the dangers of such a location. Amusement park rides, such as roller coasters, water slides, bumper cars, and spinning rides, cause thousands of injuries each year. From cuts and bruises to broken bones, severe head trauma, and even death, amusement park rides have caused all types of injuries.
Those injured by amusement park rides, therefore, might be able to file a personal injury claim against the owner of the theme park for negligence or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective ride—or both.
According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), around 8,800 people were injured on amusement park rides in 2006 alone. However, these statistics also only reflect injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment. The total number of injuries is actually higher. Another 3,600 people were injured on inflatable amusement park rides, such as bounce houses, and another 3,100 were hurt on public water slides.
Some types of injuries from amusement park rides include the following:
- Stroke from trauma to ligaments in the neck
- Death as a result of falling or being thrown from a ride
- Traumatic brain injury from G-forces and stresses imposed on the brain by rapid speeds or from detached objects hitting the rider’s head
- Brain aneurysm from roller coasters or other fast rides
- Drowning on water slides, “lazy river” rides, or other water attractions
- Head, neck, and back injuries from bumper car rides
While many of these rides are designed with safety in mind, there are several leading contributors to amusement park injuries and fatalities. For example, mechanical failure, improper operation of the ride, and passenger misuse or failure to follow instructions can all contribute to compromise the safety of the amusement park attractions.
Also, even without any mechanical defect, the amusement park ride may still cause an injury simply because of the nature of the ride itself. For example, some people have experienced cases of cerebral and retinal hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, loss of consciousness, and headache after some rides.
If you or a loved one have been injured by an amusement park ride, don’t hesitate to give our Sedalia personal injury lawyers a call. Kempton & Russell has more than 60 years of legal experience to offer your case. Let us take a look at your situation and see what we can do to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact us at (660) 722-4115 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation with us today.