Amusement Park & Carnival Accident & Injury Lawyer
Amusement parks and carnivals are a great way to spend time with your family, and parks across the country are no stranger to giving thrills to residents and tourists. Thrill rides, roller coasters, and Ferris wheels are a great way for you to make great memories. Unfortunately, these rides can also result in a serious tragedy should they not function properly. A malfunctioning mechanism, faulty safety belts, or flying debris can result in your or a loved one being seriously injured. Many individuals, especially children, may find themselves the victim of a serious ride accident.
What causes amusement Park Accidents?
Some of the most common amusement park accidents are unavoidable, regardless of whether or not every mechanism or employee does their job correctly. Constant friction and jerking motions at high speeds on a roller coaster can cause trauma to the victim in many ways; common examples of this are bruising, whiplash, head trauma, or damage to internal bones or organs.
Common ride accidents include:
- Head trauma, such as concussions
- Heart issues or heart attack as a result of high speeds
- Brain aneurisms
- Cuts, bones, or muscle injuries
- Neck injuries
- Drowning in water-related rides
These, while unfortunate, can often be seen as the fault of the rider in court. However, there are several instances of amusement park accidents in which the park itself is completely at fault. If the ride itself malfunctions or is poorly supervised, the victim is guaranteed a case against the park in which the accident took place. These accidents include:
- Mechanical malfunctions: If any device on the ride fails, such as a safety belt, lap bar, roller coaster track, or structure, there could be very dire consequences for the riders. Detached safety equipment or derailing rides can likely result in serious injury or death.
- Operator error: The operators of the rides themselves are sworn to a code of conduct for riders in a similar manner to that of public transportation drivers. like a transportation accident, a rider involved in an accident at the fault of an amusement park operator can have a claim due to the fact that the accident was the fault of a professional.
Several steps are taken to guarantee riders a safe and fun experience, but unfortunately sometimes this isn’t always enough. the resulting injury can range form mild to severe, but can also result in a large financial payout.
How do I know if I have a case against a carnival or amusement park?
Like all potentially dangerous activities, carnivals and amusement parks are regulated with specific standards of safety; it also considers amusement parks and carnivals as different entities due to the fact that, while carnivals travel, amusement parks such as Disneyland or Universal Studios remain in one place, and are thus referred to as fixed sites. While the government regulates traveling carnival rides, the same cannot be said about fixed sites. Government inspections are usually the course of action for fixed sites, while local regulations maintain the proper standard of safety.
If you are able to prove that you as the rider did everything you could to remain safe on the ride (following all the rules, obeying the operators, etc.) and were still injured, you could have a claim against the park or the ride operators based on who was truly at fault.
Some of the things you can sue for include:
- Medical bills
- Emotional or physical stress
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of income due to injury
Depending on who your case is against, you may either deal with representatives of the park or carnival itself, or possibly the insurance company that represents them. It is important to have a skilled attorney by your side to guarantee yourself the highest payout possible.
Oakland Amusement Park & Carnival Attorney
If you or a loved one have been hurt, injured or killed in a carnival or amusement park accident, call Klezcek Law Office for HELP!