Common Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
According to CNN, around 30,000 people visited emergency rooms as a result of injuries sustained at amusement parks in 2016. In just a one-week period, CNN indicted that one person was hurt and another seven were injured due to malfunctioning rides at a state fair. During the course of the year, a 10-year-old was also killed in a water slide accident, and another three girls got hurt when they fell out of a ferris wheel.
These stories are just some of the many stories of lives being shattered because of problems at amusement parks. Unfortunately, the full extent of the problems at amusement parks may not even be known because there are few regulations related to parks, the regulations that do exist are inconsistent, and data about injuries at amusement parks is incomplete.
If you become one of the thousands of victims hurt at an amusement park, it is important that you know what your rights are. A Miami amusement park accident lawyer can provide representation to help victims to determine if they have a case and can help victims pursue a claim for compensation so they can obtain money for losses from the park where their injuries happened.
What are Some of the Common Causes of Injuries at Amusement Parks?
While the data that is available is limited, the International Association for Amusement Parks does conduct an annual safety survey. Based on the data from this survey, an estimated 1,508 of the injuries that occurred at amusement parks occurred as a result of problems with amusement park ride. This is an increase of 32 percent compared with the 1,146 people who sustained injuries on rides in 2014. Ride related injuries can occur due to:
- Mechanical failures of rides
- Improper operations of rides
- Passenger misuse and failure to follow instruction on rides
Because of these problems with rides, victims could fall out of the rides, could be struck by moving objects, could be aggressively whipped around and suffer soft tissue injuries, could suffer crushing injuries, or could be hurt by fellow passengers such as when passengers are overly aggressive in bumper cars.
Not all injuries happen because of rides, though. Victims could suffer food poisoning from concessions at amusement parks. They could suffer slip and fall injuries because of slippery flooring, shifts in flooring surfaces, broken tiles, improperly maintained spaces, broken railings, unsafe sidewalks, or debris in walkways. They could be struck by falling objects while walking through the park, injured by aggressive animals at the park, or hurt in acts of violence if the facility fails to provide adequate security.
Whenever a victim is hurt by any conditions at an amusement park, it becomes important to determine the cause of the injury, whether the amusement park and failed to fulfill its obligations, and whether the failure on the part of the facility was the direct cause of harm. If an amusement park did not live up to its duty to create a safe space for visitors, the park could be held accountable for losses that occurred as a result. A Miami amusement park accident lawyer can provide help to victims who are hurt because of an incident at a park, so contact an attorney for help as soon as possible when injuries occur.