Common Amusement Park Injuries and How to Stay Safe

Amusement parks, theme parks, carnivals, and water parks are a popular destination for families, friends, and thrill-seekers alike. With so many different rides and attractions, they offer a fun-filled day out. While most amusement park visits are incident-free, accidents do happen. Amidst the fun and excitement, it’s very important to remember that safety should always be a priority.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an amusement park accident, The Barnes Firm is here to help. Call an experienced personal injury attorney today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation and find out if you have a case.

How Often do Amusement Park Accidents occur?

In recent years, it’s estimated that over 1,200 people were seriously injured in theme park accidents. Although amusement parks are generally safe, accidents can occur at any time, leaving individuals injured or ending in a fatality.

What are the Most Common Causes of Amusement Park Accidents?

Amusement park accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, ranging from mechanical failures and design flaws to human error. Some on the most common reasons amusement park accidents happen include:

  • Mechanical or equipment failure. Malfunctioning equipment, such as faulty components, worn-out parts, or unexpected malfunctions can cause serious injuries, such as derailments or sudden stops of roller coasters.
  • Design flaws. Poorly engineered structures, inadequate safety features, or improper operational mechanisms can increase the risk of accidents and injuries.
  • Operator error. Mistakes during ride operation, failure to follow safety protocols, failure to properly secure guests, or insufficient training can compromise guest safety.
  • Inadequate maintenance. Insufficient maintenance and infrequent inspections can result in undetected mechanical issues or potential hazards.
  • Age and condition of rides. Older rides may pose a higher risk due to outdated safety features or wear and tear over time.

Common Amusement Park Injuries

The severity of your amusement park injury will depend upon the where and how your accident occurred. The most common injuries resulting from theme park accidents include:

  • Sprains, strains, and bruises
  • Neck, back and head injuries
  • Fractured or broken bones
  • Cuts, abrasions, and contusions
  • Whiplash
  • Drowning
  • And more…

After an amusement park accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Injuries may be more severe than they first appear to be, and a medical professional can help diagnose and treat injurie quickly.

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Amusement Park Safety Guidelines

To help prevent amusement park accidents, it is important to follow safety guidelines and rules. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while visiting an amusement park:

  • Follow height and weight restrictions.
  • Keep all body parts inside the ride at all times.
  • Secure loose articles, such as hats and glasses, before riding.
  • Listen to ride operators and follow all instructions.
  • Stay seated and buckled in until the ride comes to a complete stop.
  • Avoid riding if you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or have a medical condition that could be aggravated by the ride.

If you or a loved one were injured in an amusement park accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Barnes Firm. Our attorneys will help you understand your legal options and work hard to help you get the best result possible.

Contact The Barnes Firm Today

Unsafe amusement park rides can quickly turn a day of fun into lifelong issues. At The Barnes Firm, our team of amusement park accident attorneys are committed to holding negligent theme parks, ride operators, and manufacturers responsible for injuries sustained on a ride. If you, a loved one or your child have been injured in an amusement park accident, contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 and find out what your case is really worth. It could be the best call you make.

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