Summer is quickly approaching. During the summer months, many families choose to travel and often that includes visiting amusement parks. While amusement parks offer fun games, exhilarating rides, food, and other enter entertainments, it is important to be aware of any safety issues that could arise and take appropriate precautions. According to statistics published by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, there were approximately 1,171 injuries at amusement parks across North America in 2017.
There are many types of injuries that can arise at an amusement park such as trip and falls due to a defect in a walkway and slip and falls in a food area due to a spilled soda. However, serious injuries can also happen on roller coasters, bumper cars, carousels, and other rides, due to negligence or carelessness in the maintenance and/or operation, as well as mechanical failures due to defects in the machinery. Sometimes an accident may even occur due to the conduct of another patron on the ride. Amusement park ride injuries can be very serious and require a trip to the emergency room and ongoing treatment for broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, lacerations, loss of limbs, muscle sprain and strains, hemorrhaging, and whiplash. In extreme cases, a dangerous amusement park ride can cause fatality.
While a defect in a ride, or negligence in its operation cannot always be foreseen, you can still take measures to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones at amusement parks:
Do not go on amusement park rides if you are in poor health
Choose age and size appropriate rides for children
Do not go on any rides that appear to be poorly maintained or you do not feel comfortable with
Make sure any seat belt or safety device is properly secured before the ride moves
Keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times
Make sure to stay hydrated on a warm day
Amusement parks should be a safe environment for all who attend. If you have suffered an injury, or have lost a loved one due to the negligence or recklessness of an amusement park, you may be entitled to compensation. It is best to consult with an attorney who handles personal injury matters who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies.
The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins is available to handle personal injury cases, serving clients in New York City including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island; Long Island including Nassau and Suffolk counties, and Westchester. Schedule a consultation by calling (646) 397-6844. Consultations are by appointment only and can be scheduled in Manhattan or Melville, Long Island for the convenience of clients.
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