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.
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.
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:
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.