While the air is still warm and the days are long, amusement parks are the choice entertainment among kids and adults alike. These fun-centric playgrounds, lit by flashing colored lights, are the best spot for adrenaline seekers everywhere. However, their unmatched whimsy and excitement can end in devastation with just a single mishap. Amusement park injuries can have a wide range of severity- from cuts and bruises to severe head injuries and even death. So as you brave the roller coaster and Ferris wheel this fall, make sure to take precautions, follow all rules, and keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times!
Each year, thousands suffer from amusement park accidents. Injuries incurred from these include broken bones, lacerations, and brain injuries, while many result in death. Children are the most likely to be injured, as they are smaller in size and typically represent the greatest population of park attendees. About half of the injuries suffered are those of children. So, be sure that when you bring your children to amusement parks, they meet all height and weight requirements and follow all provided rules.
5 Common Injuries:
- Head, neck, and back injuries. These are most commonly suffered from roller coasters and bumper car or spinning rides.
- Neck trauma that leads to stroke. With severe impact, a blood vessel in the neck can be torn, causing a stroke. The high speeds of an amusement park ride make your neck and head exceptionally vulnerable.
- Traumatic brain injuries from G-forces or getting hit in the head by a detached object. G-force is a measurement of acceleration, and humans can only withstand so much. However, if they exceed their limitations, a person can pass out and even be killed. Likewise, an object striking one’s head can lead to such severe injuries.
- Lacerations, broken bones, and torn ligaments. These can occur for various reasons and instances of a mishap.
- Drowning. While several amusement parks do not include water slides, pools, and rides, those that do have an inherent risk for drowning. Know your limitations and make sure that a lifeguard is on duty when participating on a water-centric ride.
Amusement park injuries occur for several reasons. However, they are likely due to either negligence and product liability. Negligence occurs in the instance of the park or park’s employees failure to enforce proper safety standards. And, like all cases of negligence, it will need to be proved that the plaintiff was reasonably careful, and the defendant was explicitly negligent in their actions. Product liability, however, involves the manufacturer and their failure to implement necessary safety standards. In this case, such failings lead to the plaintiff’s injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance. We at Raynes and Erickson are prepared to advocate for you with expert guidance and counsel. Reach out today.