Common Amusement Park Injuries
According to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), almost 10,000 people sustained amusement park injuries. However, this statistic is only the amount of people who needed to go to the ER. Therefore, the number must be higher. Also, almost 4,000 people were injured on inflatable amusement park rides (inflatable slides and moon bounces) and another 4,000 hurt on public water slides.
A majority of those injured are children. The ages of the injured are between 10-14. Children are also the victims in three quarters of those accidents where a rider falls or is forcefully ejected from an amusement park ride. Over 50 people died from amusement parks.
Types of Amusement Park Injuries
The most common injuries from amusement park accidents include:
- Head, neck, and back injuries from bumper car rides or from being whipped around on spinning rides and roller coasters
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain aneurysms
- lacerations, broken bones, and torn ligaments
- Drowning on water slides, lazy rivers or other water rides.
Causes of Amusement Park Injuries
There are several ways amusement park injuries and fatalities happen.
Mechanical failure of the ride
A lap bar can detach mid-ride, a rollercoaster car can detach or have structural breaks. Mechanical failure could be caused by a manufacturing defect or the park’s failure to maintain the ride.
If a ride operator abruptly stops the ride or incorrectly latches a seatbelt, an injury can occur.
Passenger misuse or failure to follow instructions
Another rider could have injured you. If he or she intentionally rocks a car, stands up mid-ride, unlatches safety restraints, sits improperly, or holds a child above the safety restraint.
Inherent nature of the ride
Even without any mechanical defect, operation error, or rider misuse, an amusement park ride may still cause an injury simply because of the nature of the ride itself. For example, according to the CPSC, consumers have reported cases of cerebral and retinal hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, loss of consciousness, headache, and dizziness associated with the extremely rapid spinning of some amusement park rides.
The Michael Brady Lynch Firm has over 30 years of combined experience litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our legal team is available to consult with individuals who have suffered injury at any of amusement parks or local fairs.