Amusement parks are a great getaway for families and friends. It’s a safe and fun way to spend time. It’s unlikely, then, that anyone would expect an accident to happen at an amusement park, let alone one resulting in death. Unfortunately, like anywhere else, accidents can and do happen. Tragically, most of the accidents that occur at amusement parks can and should be avoided.
According to statistics from the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission, over 51 people were killed on amusement park rides, most of which were caused by rollercoasters, which accounted for over 16 deaths. Fatal injuries are often the result of two major factors: negligence and product liability. Negligence can mean anything from an employee failing to clean a slippery area, or not minding the requirements for a riding a ride, allowing pregnant, disabled, or otherwise unsuited riders on a ride.
Product liability is the maintenance and safety of the product, which is to say, the rides, rollercoasters, attractions etc. When mechanical failures occur, it could be the result of faulty construction, lack of maintenance on behalf of park employees, or the park staff’s negligence to follow the ride’s guidelines.
Fatal injuries that can occur at amusement park are:
- Falling out of an insecure ride
- Brain aneurysms
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
These injuries are often the result of:
Slip and fall on wet surfaces
- Falling from rollercoasters
- Ride malfunction
- Mechanical failure
- Uneven flooring
- Poorly constructed waterslides
Accidents can happen but with the right care in place, they should not. Nobody should have to suffer injury, let alone die as a result of a staff’s negligence.
If you lost a loved one to a fatal accident at an amusement park, you need to contact a wrongful death attorney and discuss your rights. The experienced attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguz, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan can help discuss your case. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.