Negligence Resulting to Amusement Park Accidents

In the year 2010 the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) was able to record as many as 290 million amusement park tickets having been sold and about 1.7 billion rides enjoyed by visitors – figures that show and prove just how people love Amusement and Theme parks due to the never ending surprises, attractions and thrills that these offer. And every year it seems that more and more visitors go in search for much more thrilling rides, settling only on those that offer greater heights and much faster speeds.

Height and speed – two very important factors which designers of roller coasters and even water slides have began considering in the construction of new rides. These factors explain the existence of the Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, which thrusts riders up to 400 feet from the ground before dropping them at the speed of 85 mph, the Millennium Force, acknowledged as the best steel coaster in the US which features a moment of zero gravity and a speed of 93 mph and a drop from a height of 300 feet, the 120-foot tall Summit Plummet, a water slide that is the tallest and fastest in the world, and the Kingda Ka, a 456-foot “rocket” coaster which allows riders to plummet towards the ground at 128 mph.

In the midst of excitement, however, are the dangers that have seriously injured or claimed the lives of a number of park visitors. Despite the accidents, the National Safety Council says that theme parks are still extremely safe, considering the fact that only 1,299 of the 290 million visitors in 2010 suffered injuries.

Like in so many other forms of accidents, those occurring in Amusement parks are also primarily due to people’s negligence or failure in properly maintaining rides, machinery and other equipment. The results of this negligence include structural failure, riders getting ejected from the ride, restraint system failure, brake malfunction, failure to use safety nets or the nets themselves failing to provide the needed cushioning, and so forth.

An injury brought about by the negligence of someone else is called a personal injury and, under the tort law, the tortfeasor (or the person at fault) can be legally required to compensate the injured victim. Seeking help from a Houston personal injury lawyer, whose competence far exceeds many others in the field of personal injury law, will prove beneficial to the victim, who will definitely need a very strong defense of his/her rights and interests.