Roller Coaster Accident Injuries
Theme Park Accidents: Overview of Types of Amusement Park Injuries
The most popular ride at amusement parks is the rollercoaster. Thrilling
and exciting, a considerable number of people gravitate to amusement park,
and state and county fairs, ride a rollercoaster. A considerable number
of people are injured annually on rollercoasters. In fact, some of the
most serious types of injuries at amusement parks occur on rollercoasters
annually. These individuals turn to an experienced rollercoaster accident
injury lawyer, like a member of the legal team at The Doan Law Firm, to
ensure a proper investigation is conducted to determine the cause of the accident
Amusement Park Accident Statistics
Finding reliable statistics regarding amusement park injuries are hard
to find. The reality is that a considerable percentage of amusement park
injuries are never reported. Some states do not require the reporting
of most amusement park accidents. Florida, well known for being the site
of world famous amusement parks, does not require reporting of most accident
that occur at theme parks. The only time reporting is required is if someone
dies or is taken to the hospital immediately and stays there for at least 24 hours.
With the dearth in data understood, an average of four people are killed
in both mobile and fixed-site amusement rides annually, according to the
U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, or CPSC. Mobile amusement rides
are those associated with state fairs and similar events. Fixed-site rides
are those on the grounds of theme parks, like Disneyland. The CPSC also
estimates that somewhere between 560 and 860 are taken to emergency departments
because of injuries on mobile amusement rides. Again, no reasonably reliable
estimate range is available for fixed-site incidents.
Common Types of Roller Coaster Accidents
A significant percentage of roller coaster accidents are the result of
defective equipment. The most common examples of defective equipment issues
include shoulder harnesses, lap bars, and compartment doors that do not
Another large percentage of accidents are caused by employees that operate
rollercoasters. For example, these employees may fail to perform proper
safety checks, fail to identify defective equipment, fail to properly
operate a rollercoaster, or become distracted during operations.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Roller Coaster Accidents
A trio of injuries are those that are most commonly associated with rollercoaster
accidents. These are:
- back injuries
- neck injuries
- head injuries
These injuries come in varying degrees of severity, depending on the specific
circumstances surrounding a rollercoaster accident. Unfortunately, every
year, individuals experience catastrophic rollercoaster accident injuries.
- brain injury
- permanent scarring
- permanent disfigurement
- heart damage
Mental or psychological trauma associated with a rollercoaster accident
represents another type of injury. The reality is that the psychological
trauma associated with a rollercoaster accident can injure a person for
an extended period of time, including the rest of an individual's life.
Because of the nature of so many of the different types of rollercoaster
accident injuries, medical care and treatment oftentimes ends up being
significant. Moreover, in many cases, a person must endure an extended
period of physical or occupational therapy, of both, after suffering a
rollercoaster accident injury.
Compensation for Rollercoaster Accident Injuries
Compensation in a rollercoaster accident injury case depends on the nature,
extent, and duration of injuries you, or a loved one, may have sustained.
A personal injury attorney from The Doan Officer can explain the ins and
outs of compensation to you in detail. A lawyer from the firm can be reached
by calling 800-349-0000.
In many cases involving a rollercoaster accident, compensation includes:
- medical bills and expenses
- emotional distress
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
In obtaining an insurance settlement, or seeking a court judgment, for
a client, a Doan Law Firm lawyer understands the strategies necessary
to obtain not only compensation for existing, but future loses as well.
As noted previously, the ramifications associated with a rollercoaster
accident can carry forth indefinitely into the future.
Retain a Roller Coaster Injury Lawyer
If you, or a member of your family, sustained an injury on a rollercoaster,
a rollercoaster accident injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm is available
to discuss your case. You can schedule an appointment with a rollercoaster
accident injury lawyer by calling the firm any time, day or night, at
800-349-0000. The hotline operates seven days a week 52 weeks a year,
even on major holidays.
There is no cost associated with an initial consultation with a rollercoaster
accident injury lawyer from The Doan Law Firm. An appointment can be scheduled
at any time or place that is convenient for you. The firm maintains office
in many major U.S. cities. In addition, a lawyer can come to you, schedule
a meeting at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your circumstances.