Amusement Park Accident Attorney
Philadelphia

Amusement parks are intended to be places of fun and family entertainment. No one goes to an amusement park expecting to be injured due to ride malfunction, poor maintenance, ride danger, or negligent ride operation. You have probably heard of the 2016 Pennsylvania amusement park accident when a child fell out of a roller coaster at IdleWild Park and SoakZone, but you may not know just how many amusement park accidents regularly occur. Believe it or not, thousands are injured and die in amusement park accidents each year.

Recent amusement park accidents

To understand how often these accidents occur, see below for some amusement park accidents that have occurred this year and two years prior:

2018 – 6 injured when a roller coaster derails in Florida, tilt-a-whirl car breaks off of ride injuring 4 in Kentucky

2017 – child falls from gondola ride in New York, child flies off waterslide in California

2016 – child decapitated on a waterslide in Kansas City, three children fall off of a Ferris wheel in Tennessee, child falls off of roller coaster in Pennsylvania.

How to stay safe at amusement parks

Although it may be impossible to avoid amusement park accidents entirely, keep these tips in mind the next time you are at an amusement park to help you and your loved ones stay safe:

Follow all height, weight, age, and health restrictions
Keep children off any rides if you are not sure that he or she will follow safety rules such as keeping hands and feet inside of the ride
Pay attention to and follow ride operator instructions
Use all available safety equipment and restraints provided for each ride and double check that those restraints are properly fixed and functioning

Common causes of accidents and injuries

Ride passenger is improperly or not restrained
Ride is not properly maintained
Negligent ride operation
Ride malfunction such as roller coaster cars running into other roller coaster cars on the same track, passenger thrown from a ride, or ride derailment
Injuries caused during rides such as head and neck injuries

Amusement park accident fault

The three main parties that may be liable for amusement park accidents are the amusement park company, amusement park employees, or ride manufacturers. The defendants in these cases often argue that the plaintiff assumed the risk or contributed to his or her own injuries, but do not let that deter you from bringing a claim. Amusement park owners, operators, and ride manufacturers have an ongoing duty of care to see that rides are made, maintained, and operated in a manner that keeps park guests and their families safe.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an amusement park accident, contact Philadelphia amusement park accident attorney, Daniel S. Doyle, to schedule a consultation. When an intended day of family fun ends up in injuries or tragedy due to an amusement park accident, we are here to help see that you and your family are fully and fairly compensated for your injuries and damages. We will see that you explore and consider all of your recovery options including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost income, loss of earning capacity, disability, and disfigurement. Your injuries are not your fault and you deserve a full financial recovery.