As the summer months approach many Chicagoland area residents will make their way to amusement parks for vacations, family reunions, and excitement. The most recent figures from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions report nearly 400 permanent attractions or amusement parks are located in our country, many close to Chicago like Navy Pier and its famous Ferris Wheel and Six Flags’ with its thrilling roller-coasters. While going to a theme park should be a fun, care-free event, thousands of people every year suffer serious, life-changing injuries while visiting them.
Before planning a trip to an amusement park, you should be aware of the most common types of amusement park accidents and injuries and remain on the look out for such dangers.
Common Amusement Park Accidents
Despite popular belief, most amusement park injuries do not involve gruesome roller-coaster accidents. Rather, slip and falls are the number one cause of a majority of amusement park injuries. According to a report from 2009 analyzing almost 500 state and federal lawsuits against park operators over an eight-year period, 46% of cases involved slip and fall injuries.
About 20% of the injuries reported in the study involved attractions at amusement parks. These attractions, like roller coasters and other thrill rides, have a potential to result in much more serious and even life-threatening injuries due to their size, speed, and complexity. Common injuries from roller coasters include head, neck, and spinal injuries from whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
Common Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
Most injuries involving park accidents fall into one of three categories: negligence, premises liability, or product liability.
Safety experts claim operator negligence is one of the leading causes of amusement park accidents. Negligence refers to an injury or fatality that results from the carelessness of a park employee or the park as a whole. Examples include failure to properly train employees, failure to regularly inspect and maintain rides, or providing riders with incorrect instructions.
Premises liability means that the owner of the property has a duty to keep it reasonably safe for all visitors, including the installation of proper handrails, adequate security, and cleaning up all debris. This is important in preventing slip and fall injuries.
Often, the cause of an accident at an amusement park is faulty equipment or defective parts. It’s important to make safety a priority when visiting and being on the look out for rides that don’t have proper inspection papers or for park employees that might be acting negligently. Unfortunately, no amount of caution on the part of riders can prevent every accident.
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