Amusement parks are enjoyed by children and adults alike. While many people visit amusement parks each year and have a pleasant experience, there are a number of people who will be injured while riding amusement park rides. If you or a loved one is involved in an amusement park accident and another party is responsible, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions reports that more than 335 million people visit at least one amusement park each year. Surprisingly, approximately 7,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries incurred in amusement park accidents.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has found that the most common causes of amusement park accidents are consumer behavior, mechanical failures, and operator behavior. Some of the other common causes of amusement park accidents include:
The injuries caused by amusement park accidents can range from minor to fatal. Some of the most common types of amusement park injuries that our clients have experienced include:
Children represent approximately one half of the people who are injured in amusement park rides, with the age group of 10 to 14 years old representing approximately 17.9% of all reported injuries.
There are hundreds of amusement parks throughout the country, but some of the locations in Ohio include:
Following an amusement park accident, there are several types of case that can be initiated. These include:
Amusement park accidents often involve comparing the conditions on a ride to the applicable regulations. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is a branch of the federal government that is tasked with overseeing mobile rides, while fixed-site amusement park rides in Ohio are regulated by the state’s Department of Agriculture.
Even if an amusement park was responsible for causing an accident in which you or a loved one was injured, you can expect the company to create a number of obstacles in your way of obtaining compensation. One common defense raised by amusement parks is referred to as “assumption of the risk,” which means that by voluntarily riding rides, a person accepts the risks associated with doing so.
The state of Ohio recognizes assumption of the risk as a defense to an accident claim. Amusement park attendees must be made aware of the risks associated with an attraction before riding. A risk like that of a bolt coming loose is not something of which a rider is likely to be aware.
At Kruger & Hodges, we understand that accident victims are often facing a number of complications, which is why we remain committed to fighting for the maximum compensation that they deserve. Contact our law office today to speak with a personal injury attorney.