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Who is Liable If I Am Injured at an Amusement Park?

August 07, 2019

A trip to an amusement park can be a great activity to do with family and friends during the summer months. There are activities for the whole family to participate in and many different rides for each member’s thrill level. Roller coasters, bumper cars, and water rides are a staple at many different amusement parks across the country. Despite the fun, amusement park rides can be dangerous.

Injuries at Amusement Parks

Rides at amusement parks can cause many different injuries, including neck, head, and back problems, along with cuts and broken bones. The extremely serious mishaps from amusement park rides have gone as far as to cause fatalities. These injuries can be caused by many different things, including mechanical ride failure, operator error, passenger misuse, and nature of the ride. Rides are designed to be fun, but sometimes the fun can be interrupted due to ride or passenger accidents.

Injuries can occur on any ride at an amusement park. Children make up half of the number of injuries every year due to an amusement park ride accident. Falling from a ride or ejection from a seat is a common way for these accidents to occur. Children’s rides, despite their name, are still dangerous. Injuries can occur and deaths have happened from a split-second malfunction.

Negligence Claims

If an injury does occur at an amusement park, a negligence claim can be filed against the park or the employee operating the ride. A negligence claim is useful in a situation where a rider was injured due to carelessness from the park or park employees. Examples of negligence include failure to post medical warning signs, failure to properly train ride operators, or failure to inspect the ride prior to park opening. If a negligence claim is filed, the entire park may be sued because they are responsible for the actions of their employees.

It is also possible to file a product liability claim against the ride itself and its manufacturer. The type of claim filed depends on the nature of the accident. Examples of a product liability claim include faulty lap bars or structural defects that cause injury to the rider. This type of lawsuit would affect the manufacturer of the ride more so than the park.

Thrill rides should be operated with the utmost safety to deter malfunctions from occurring. When a ride is not properly tested or passengers are not fully checked before the start of the ride, injuries and fatalities are prone to occur. A fun day at the park can end up being a nightmare if rides are not properly maintained or ride-goers are not following directions. Adhering to the rules and regulations of the parks and reading warning signs before getting in line for a ride will help ensure that your day at the park is a safe one.

Camden Slip and Fall Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Advocate for Victims Injured at Amusement Parks

Accidents can occur at amusement parks and injuries do happen. If you have been injured at an amusement park, the Camden slip and fall lawyers at DiTomaso Law will ensure that your rights are protected. Our lawyers will work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us online today or call us at 856-414-0010 for a free consultation. With offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Mt. Holly and Camden County.

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