Tis the season.
No, it’s not the holiday season (quite yet).
But, it is that time of year when families trek to one or another of the amazing amusement parks on the coasts of the United States. Indeed, autumn and wintertime vacations at coastal theme parks (and other amusement park destinations) have become a rite of passage for U.S. families. Roughly 10,000 people are injured on theme park rides annually, many times seriously so, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thousands more suffer injuries elsewhere at amusement parks. In addition, every year there are tragic deaths that occur at major theme parks (and other amusement parks) in the country. An amusement park accident truly can have tragic, life altering and even life ending consequences.
Thrill Ride Accidents: Headline Grabbing Incidents and Other Events Resulting in Death and Severe Injury
As mentioned a moment ago, thousands of people are injured on amusement park thrill rides annually. Occasionally, these injuries occur because of some type of headline-snaring catastrophe. Most amusement park accidents involving rides don’t involve a complete failure of a thrill ride. Rather, they occur when a specific individual is somehow injured in thrill ride amusement park accident. Examples of underlying causes of thrill ride incidents and accidents include:
- Mechanical failure
- Ride design defect
- Improper ride operation
In addition, the inherent nature of a ride may enhance the risk of injury for certain people because of its manner of operation. For example, a rapidly spinning ride – a staple of tourist-favored theme parks – can result in injuries that include:
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Retinal hemorrhage
- Subdural hematoma
- Loss of consciousness
Amusement Park Accident Trends: It’s Not Just Incidents Involving Thrill Rides
The peak season for amusement parks in Florida is from Labor Day through about Memorial Day each year. The California theme parks have a bit more fluidity when it comes to seasonal travelers. Nonetheless, it is during this peak tourist season in which more families enter the gates of iconic theme parks in the country.
The media pays sharp attention to the catastrophic accidents that occur on thrill rides from time to time. Thrill ride accidents oftentimes do result in deaths and serious injuries that oftentimes have lifelong consequences, including lost limbs, traumatic brain injury, and other damages and losses.
Whilst thrill ride accidents garner blaring headlines – as the should – every day men, women, and children sustain injuries elsewhere in amusement parks. Although these accidents may not result in death, they can result in serious physical injuries, significant pain and suffering, lost wages, and even permanent disability.
Examples of amusement park accidents that don’t involve thrill ride but nonetheless result in serious injury include improperly tended theme park grounds, inadequate security at a park (including in parking areas or structures), and poorly trained park staff. These deficient situations can result in accidents stem from:
- Slip and falls
- Falling objects
- Physical assaults (including sexual assaults)
The Need for a Fighter: Hire a Skilled, Tenacious Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
Because of the expansive array of accidents that can occur at an amusement park, a person injured at such a venue needs strong legal representation to fully protect legal interests. An amusement park accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm has the background and commitment necessary to provide powerful representation in a case involving an amusement park accident injury, even a fatal one.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park accident, you can contact our firm any time of the day or night, 365 days a year and including major holidays, by calling (800) 349-0000. We can schedule a case review with you any time that is convenient for you. As a nationwide law firm, we’ve offices located from coast-to-coast in the United States, including in Los Angeles and Orlando, locations of some of nation’s premiere amusement parks. We can meet with you at any of our U.S. offices, at your home, at the hospital, or even via a virtual consultation online. There is no charge for an initial consultation.
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