Theme Park Accidents

Every year millions of individuals and families with young children flock to amusement parks, water parks and destination theme parks seeking fun and adventure.

However, amusement park rides do not come without risk. Thousands of visitors suffer injuries from ride-related accidents each year. Ride-related injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises, to whiplash injuries, to more serious catastrophic injuries and death.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which has jurisdiction over mobile rides only (those that move from location to location) such as fairs, carnivals, parties or other events, as opposed to fixed-site amusement park or theme park rides, estimates that each year approximately 5,000 visitors require emergency room treatment for serious amusement ride-related injuries.

Factors Involved in Amusement Park Accidents

  • Defective or poorly maintained rides
  • Mechanical failure Lack of safety equipment
  • Operator Error
  • Poorly trained or unsupervised personnel
  • Failure to provide adequate warnings

Types of Amusement Ride-Related Injuries

  • Injuries to the head and face
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Concussions
  • Brain damages
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures/broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Internal injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Amputations
  • Death

If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.



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Last modified: September 10, 2020