Amusement park rides such as roller coasters, bumper cars, spinning rides, and water slides cause thousands of injuries each year. Physical injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and severe head trauma. The most serious amusement park ride accidents can even result in death. If you have been in an accident in Utah state, Injury Lawyers Salt Lake City can help.
If you were injured on an amusement park ride, you need to contact a personal injury attorney to assess your legal case. Our attorneys can help determine whether the amusement part was negligent in properly handling and maintaining their equipment or if you can file a liability claim against the manufacturer of a defective ride.
How Common Are Amusement Park Accidents?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approximately 10,000 people are injured on amusement park rides each year. These statistics reflect only those injuries serious enough to require emergency room treatment, and not minor physical injuries from amusement park rides. This means the actual number of physical injuries is even higher as minor injuries are not accounted for in the statistics.
In Salt lake City Utah this is usually not an issue as it is in Anaheim.
More importantly, children represent about one half of those injured by amusement park rides. Children between 10 and 14 years old sustained the most injuries of any age group, and physical injuries sustained by young children can be permanent and life threatening.
Types of Amusement Park Injuries
Amusement park injuries can vary from minor to fatal. The most common injuries from amusement park accidents include:
- Lacerations, cuts, bruises
- Broken bones and torn ligaments
- Back injuries and pain
- Neck injuries and pain
- Serious brain trauma such as an aneurysm
- Heart attack
Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
According to the CPSC, there are several major contributors to amusement park injuries and fatalities. Most injuries occur due to:
- Mechanical failure of the ride. Mechanical failure could be caused by a manufacturing defect or the amusement park’s failure to properly maintain the ride.
- Improper operation of the ride by the amusement park ride operator
- Rider misuse
- Inherent nature of the ride. Even without any mechanical defect, operation error, or rider misuse, an amusement park ride may still cause an injury simply because of the nature of the ride itself.
If you were injured on an amusement park ride, you need to contact a personal injury attorney to assess your case. A qualified attorney from our law firm will help determine whether the amusement park or ride manufacturer was negligent in ride operations or manufacturing of the ride, and you may win large monetary compensation for their negligence.