Millions of Americans are traveling to amusement parks, carnivals, and theme parks for thrills and excitement this summer.
Unfortunately, dangers await them as well. Each year, on average, 10,000 people suffer injuries at parks and five people die, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Because rules on reporting amusement park accidents and injuries vary so much from state to state, and since many injuries go unreported, the true number of accident injuries is hard to determine.
The injuries that are reported range from less serious ones such as bumps, bruises and small cuts to more serious injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, paralysis, and loss of limb. In a Texas case, a mother at a Six Flags in here in Texas had her finger severed when the ride attendant closed the safety bar without paying attention.
Overall, some of the main reasons for injuries at parks include:
- Rider error, such as standing up during a ride or removing restraints.
- Mechanical failure.
- Ride operator negligence, which may result from inattentiveness or failing to properly secure riders.
- Falls at entrances or exits to rides.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury at an amusement park or carnival, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if you may be owed damages.