What Laws Regulate Amusement Parks in Florida?
Information on Theme Park Safety Regulations and Dangerous Rides
Amusement parks are subject to the same general laws that other businesses must comply with. These laws include the duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe manner, the duty to correct dangerous conditions, the duty to warn patrons of known dangerous conditions, and the duty to act reasonably toward their guests. Amusement parks must also comply with local and state building codes and state and federal employment laws.
In addition to these general laws, amusement parks must obey other laws and safety regulations specifically designed to help keep theme parks safe for guests. These amusement park regulations have been developed by local, state and federal governments to help prevent accidents on amusement park rides, carnival rides and fair rides.
What Types of Amusement Park Regulations Exist?
Amusement park regulations and laws govern almost every aspect of amusement park operation, including:
- Maintenance schedules and regular safety inspections
- Proper height limits on rides
- The language required on signs warning people of hazards on specific rides, such as spinning rides, falling rides, dangerous roller coasters, go-karts and water rides
- Training standards for ride operators
- The type of flooring used in public bathrooms and at the entrances and exits of water rides
The laws requiring amusement parks to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition and to correct known hazards are intended to prevent or correct dangerous situations like:
- Loose bolts on rides
- Ride collapse or breakdown
- Accidents caused by a wheel disconnected from the track
- Failure of seat belts or lap bars
- Drowning or near-drownings on water rides
- Dangerously slippery floors
In addition, almost every state has a state agency that inspects carnival and theme park rides. Amusement parks are required to have a state permit for rides. This permit does not excuse the amusement park from regularly inspecting the property and rides for any possible dangers.
Why Are Amusement Park Regulations Important in a Personal Injury Claim?
Amusement park regulations are important in a personal injury lawsuit because violation of safety regulations can be used to prove negligence. Proving that the amusement park's negligence caused injury is one of the main steps in successfully litigating a personal injury lawsuit to get compensation for the injury victim.
It still may be possible to prove the amusement park's negligence even if no formal safety regulations were violated. However, your attorney should carefully review all applicable safety rules as part of investigating your case.
Learn More About Amusement Park Lawsuits
You can get more information by reading the rest of our amusement park lawsuit FAQ section:
- Can I sue an amusement park for injuries?
- How long do I have to file a lawsuit against an amusement park?
- Do I need a lawyer after an amusement park accident?
You may also want to review summaries of past amusement park accident cases handled by the Florida personal injury law firm of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.
For More Information Call (305) 692-0055
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We have the knowledge and resources to file lawsuits against any amusement park in Florida or elsewhere, including:
- Busch Gardens
- Disney World
- Universal Studios
- Epcot Center
- Florida State Fair
- Dade County Fair
- Broward County Fair
We also represent Floridians who were injured in theme parks outside the state.
If our FAQ pages do not have all the answers you are looking for, call (305) 692-0055 to get more information about how to file a lawsuit against an amusement park.
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