Amusement Park Accidents

Amusement parks, theme parks, county fairs, state fairs, local carnivals and similar places are sources of enjoyment for countless people. Unfortunately, when negligence is thrown into the mix, they can be the site of serious accidents resulting in personal injury or wrongful death. The Miami, Florida personal injury attorneys of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are committed to holding owners and operators of amusement parks and similar establishments responsible for accidents caused by their negligence.

Negligence in Amusement Parks

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, there are over 400 amusement parks and attractions across the United States. A number of these amusement parks are located in Florida. It is estimated that over 375 million people visit amusement parks annually across North America. While amusement parks can provide a day of fun and excitement for families nationwide, serious amusement park accidents can result when park owners or operators act in a negligent manner.

The more popular and famous theme parks in our country, including those found in Orlando and other parts of Florida, have many thrilling rides and activities for the whole family to enjoy. These theme parks are supposed to have regular safety inspections and trained personnel operating the rides. Even with these measures in place, sometimes things go wrong. Due to the extreme height and speed of some amusement park rides, the injuries can often be catastrophic.

Many amusement park accidents take place at local fairs and short-term entertainment events. Unfortunately, the safety procedures at the local county fairs are not nearly as stringent as at the larger theme parks. Rides are repeatedly put up and taken down. In the meantime, they are jostled over bumpy highways and roads as they are transported across the country. When stored, the rides are not properly cared for. Often these rides are not maintained, improperly set up or simply overused and outdated. Simply put, the rides are not as safe as they should be.

Like the rides at these events, sometimes the staff seems hastily constructed. They may not receive the proper training to operate these elaborate machines. Unfortunately, this can result in serious amusement park accidents. One loose bolt, one missing screw, or one improperly trained or inattentive employee is all it takes for a serious and life changing injury to occur at an amusement or theme park or at a county fair.

Common Causes of Amusement Park Accidents

Some of the most common negligence related issues that occur at amusement parks include:

  • Inadequate ride maintenance
  • Slippery park areas
  • Poorly designed safety restraints or a lack of adequate restraints
  • Failure to sufficiently train ride operators
  • Defective rides
  • Inadequate warnings as to the dangers of rides
  • Ride operators who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Dimly lit areas like parking lots where falls or even assaults can occur
  • Unlocked doors which permit entry into dangerous park areas
  • Equipment or other obstacles that block walkways and cause falls

The Miami personal injury attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano, P.A. understand that ride accidents are not the only source of injuries at amusement parks. In addition to amusement park accidents involving the rides, our firm has assisted amusement park accident victims with premises liability matters that take place at these events, such as slip and fall cases.

Product Liability

At times, amusement park accidents occur due to a defect within the rides or other equipment. Faulty designs, structural defects, and inadequate warnings can all result in serious amusement park accidents. If you are injured on a ride, the attorneys at Greenberg, Stone, and Urbano, P.A. will investigate its cause and uncover whether a product defect played a role in your injuries. Product manufacturers can be held accountable for defective rides that injure others.

Serious Injuries and Deaths

Amusement park rides such as roller coasters, water slides, spinning rides, and the like cause thousands of injuries each year. Potential injuries stemming from amusement park rides and dangers include:

  • Broken bones from slides and falls
  • Cuts, bruises, and lacerations from fast rides
  • Drowning on water slides or other water rides
  • Head trauma and traumatic brain injuries from extreme speeds or falls
  • Head, neck, and back injuries from being whipped around on rides
  • Stoke resulting from trauma to the body
  • Brain aneurysms from roller coasters and other fast rides
  • Death as a result of being thrown from a ride or falling

Amusement park accidents occur more commonly than many realize. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 8,000 people are injured at amusement parks annually. Additional injury rates are far higher as this figure includes just amusement park injuries resulting in emergency room treatment and does not include public water slide or inflatable amusement park ride injuries.

Government Regulation of Amusement Parks

Amusement park rides are not always regulated by the government. The CPSC governs mobile rides, or rides that travel from site to site. This generally includes county fairs and carnivals. However, the CPSC does not have authority over fixed site rides, such as Disneyworld or Six Flags. Some states independently regulate fixed and mobile amusement parks, but the remaining rely upon insurance companies to check to see if amusement parks are in compliance with safety standards. Due to the lack of federal oversight, it becomes even more important for amusement parks to meet basic standards of care. When the amusement park owner or operator acts in a negligent manner, it must be held accountable.

The Experience To Get You The Compensation You Deserve

Our Florida amusement park accident attorneys have more than 130 years of cumulative experience. Over the course of our careers, we have built a strong record of success. We have achieved numerous million-dollar verdicts and settlements.

Our success can be attributed to the fact that we make every effort to do what is right for you. We believe you deserve a law firm that will put forth all of its resources to get you compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and any other costs you have encountered as a result of an amusement park accident.

Contact the Miami, Florida injury lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A. about your amusement park accident lawsuit. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation. Spanish language service is available.