Millions of Americans—both young and old—spend time enjoying themselves at amusement parks with family or friends. One of the main reasons that people flock to these attractions are the rollercoasters and other thrilling rides.
However, amusement park rides cause thousands of injuries annually. Common injuries include bruises, lacerations, fractures, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, and even death.
The following are the most common causes of amusement park accidents and injuries:
- Mechanical failure – This type of issue occurs when there is a defect on the ride or lack of maintenance. Common examples include the lap bar detaching in the middle of the ride or the roller coaster goes off the rails.
- Ride operator error – Ride operators and attendants are responsible for ensuring all riders are taking the proper safety measures. If a rider’s seatbelt incorrectly latches or the ride abruptly stops, then the ride operator could be held at fault for any injuries.
- The ride is inherently dangerous – A ride can cause injury because of the nature of the ride itself. For example, rides that spin extremely rapidly are known to cause brain hemorrhages, headaches, and even loss of consciousness.
- Passenger negligence – Whether a passenger proceeds to ride despite not meeting the age and height requirements, intentionally rocks the ride, or stands up mid-ride, sometimes riders cause their own injuries and the injuries of others.
From Disneyland in Anaheim and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Southern California has plenty of amusement parks residents and visitors can go to. However, this means there is plenty of room for injury, so you must be aware of the potential dangers of amusement parks to have a fun and safe time.
If you have suffered an injury at an amusement park in Southern California caused by negligence, contact Tedford & Associates today at (626) 325-0142 and request a free case review.