In 2010, there were close to 300 million guests who made their way to the 400 U.S. amusement parks. According to the Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey, there were more than 1.5 billion safe rides.
But there were plenty of unsafe ones, too!
According to the survey, about 60 of the more than 1,200 ride-related injuries (or about 5 percent), required a visitor to spend the night in a hospital. In addition, there are about 7,000 people that are treated in emergency rooms each year due to an amusement park accident.
Our Los Angeles injury lawyers understand that the top causes for amusement park incidents are design defect, rider misconduct, operator failure and mechanical failure. The number of accidents and injuries reported at amusement parks are only estimates because there are no mandates that require theme parks or amusement parks to report these kinds of accidents. As a matter of fact, officials say that a majority of these accidents are never reported.
Each and every year, there are about 5 people who are killed in an amusement park accident. This is supposed to be one of the happiest times of our lives -- not one of the most dangerous. Officials conclude that there is 1 death for every 250 million riders at amusement parks.
Amusement parks are required to put weight and height on all major rides. But are these restrictions really enforced? They should be. By doing so, park employees can help to ensure the safety of all visitors.
When Riding an Amusement Park Ride:
-Make sure that you obey the rider restrictions.
-Review all of the ride's safety rules before boarding.
-Always keep your feet, legs and arms in the ride at all times.
-If you witness any unsafe behavior, report it immediately.
-Make sure that children understand the safety rules.
-Stay seated for the duration of the ride.
-Never force anyone to go on a ride. If they don't want to go on, simply let them sit it out.
-In addition to reading written and posted rules about a ride, be sure to listen to verbal rules from employees and from operators.
-Always use safety equipment provided and never attempt to wiggle free of or loosen restraints or other safety devices.
If you are injured at an amusement park, it's critical for you to seek the proper medical attention first. If you're able to, it's important for you to gather information from witnesses at the accident. Take pictures if you're able to. Documentation is key in working to obtain legal compensation. An experienced attorney can help to gather this information for you as well and can help to determine fault in these kinds of complex cases. You have rights as a park guest and those rights need to be preserved -- especially after an accident!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an amusement park accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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