Are Amusement Parks Safe? | Ayres Cluster Law Firm

Are Amusement Parks Safe?

Posted on July 20th, 2016


roller-coaster-accidentsThere’s always that guy who is too afraid to join in on all the fun that roller coasters have to offer, but maybe he isn’t being an unreasonable killjoy after all. There are a surprising number of accidents related to amusement park and carnival rides.

Roller Coaster injuries result from a variety of things including derailment, riders being struck on their head, and mechanical malfunctions. A study conducted for the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that in a period of 7 years there were between 2,800 and 4,300 carnival ride associated injuries that resulted in a trip to the emergency room. In addition to the number of injuries, the CPSC has recorded 55 deaths in 15 years due to similar accidents. Not surprising, mobile amusement parks or carnival rides are the most dangerous and unreliable for they are assembled and taken down multiple times throughout the year.

Serious injuries related to amusement park rides include:

Amusement Park Risks 

As amusement parks age, there is an increased chance that there will be defective equipment, as lap bars, doors, or shoulder harnesses wear out. Additionally, workers can fail to perform safety checks, or become distracted from their duties. Water parks have an increased risk for injury. These injuries include drowning, inner tube suffocation, and slide injuries.

Safety Tips

We are not trying to ruin your fun, but there are some basic things you can do to increase your safety particularly at mobile amusement parks or carnivals …

Ayres Cluster Law encourages you to spend quality time with your family and enjoy all of the amusement that Florida has to offer, but know what to look out for and stay safe!

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