How do people get hurt at theme parks?
When we think of theme park accidents, terrifying thoughts of rides flying apart, rollercoaster derailment at great heights, Farris wheels rolling off their spindle, and other dramatic images come to mind. While these types of accidents can and do happen, the majority of theme park and amusement park accidents are not fatal.
Some common ways that people are injured at theme parks include:
- Slip and fall
- Slipping completely or partially out of restraints on a ride
- Ride malfunction
- Excessive G-forces or inappropriate forces on a ride that is functioning normally, causing brain injury, whiplash, back injury or other injuries
- Inappropriate actions on the part of ride operators such as starting a ride before everyone is properly seated and strapped in or instructing riders to exit the ride before it has come to a complete stop
- Children and adults riding inappropriate rides due to inadequate restrictions or failure to enforce restrictions
- Inadequate crowd control leading to falls and trampling
Who can be held responsible for theme park accidents?
That depends on the nature and cause of the accident. There may be multiple responsible parties involved. In most cases the theme park or its owner will be at least partially responsible. Some examples of who may be held responsible and why include:
- If a ride is defective, and was properly operated and maintained, the maker or seller of the ride may be held responsible under product liability.
- If you are injured due to the improper actions of a ride operator the theme park can be held responsible for failure to properly hire or adequately train and monitor its employees.
- If you are injured in a criminal attack the theme park may be held responsible under premises liability for failing to provide adequate security and the person who attacked you may be held responsible as well.
- If a ride malfunctioned due to inadequate maintenance, the theme park can be held responsible. If it hires a third party to provide maintenance, the maintenance provider may be held responsible.
What are the most dangerous types of rides at theme parks?
Children’s rides that appear relatively tame tend to be the most dangerous due to inadequate restrictions and inadequate restraints. Height, weight, and development all play a role in whether a ride is safe for a child. Excessive G-forces can be too much for a small child’s brain and body, even if the child meets the height restriction.
What are some common types of theme park accident injuries?
The severity of injury incurred during a theme park accident can range from very minor to fatal. Theme park accident injuries can include:
- Scrapes and bruises
- Fractures and broken bones
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Crush injures
- Wrongful death
Theme park accidents can be catastrophic. If you or your child has been injured in a theme park accident, please contact Florida personal injury lawyer David Best, P.A. to schedule your free case evaluation today.