New Jersey is home to multiple amusement parks and water parks. During this time of year, many of you may visit these establishments with your families. However, amusement parks can also be dangerous in some cases. Statistics published by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) show emergency rooms treated 30,000 amusement park injuries during 2016.
There have also been multiple high-profile amusement park accidents that made national news in the past few years. In 2016, a 10-year-old boy died while riding a waterslide at a Kansas City Schlitterbahn. Recent court documents suggest the waterslide’s design made it extremely dangerous. Another accident in 2017 at the Ohio State Fair caused one death and seven injuries. In this case, a ride broke apart in mid-air because it suffered from corrosion.
What Causes Amusement Park Accidents?
Amusement park accidents involving rides can be caused by:
- Mechanical failures. Accidents can occur when the structural components on rides break. For instance, a mechanical failure caused the Ohio State Fair accident. Design flaws, poor maintenance or improper operation may cause mechanical failures.
- Improper operation. Amusement park staff must operate or strap parkgoers into rides. If mistakes are made while they are operating rides, it could lead to accidents.
- Improper instructions or poor supervision. Amusement park staff may cause an accident if they give parkgoers poor instructions. Poor supervision could also lead to injuries and deaths, especially at waterparks.
Can I Sue for an Amusement Park Ride Injury?
A trip to your local amusement park should not end in tragedy. Amusement park injuries and deaths are often preventable. When negligence causes an amusement park accident, you may have legal options to recover compensation.
Our Atlantic City injury lawyers have experience with premises liability cases. You could reach out to Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. for a free consultation if you or a loved one suffered harm at one of these establishments.