Every year, thousands of people seeking thrills and a day of amusement attend theme parks and water parks. From roller coasters to ferris wheels, and water slides to log flumes, each attraction can be both exciting and dangerous.
Amusement Park Accident Statistics
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 15,000 injuries occurred at theme parks and water parks in 2005. Common injuries reported included head trauma, lacerations, concussions, spinal cord injuries, fractures, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Children between the ages of 10 and 14 have the highest incidence of injury at theme parks and water parks. The CPSC reported that the most common locations for injuries were the head, neck and face.
Causes of Injuries
Injuries sustained at theme parks and water parks may be the fault of the water/theme park owner, the designer or manufacturer of the ride, or even park employees. The CPSC reported that operator behavior and ride malfunctions were common causes of injuries to riders.
Other reported causes of injuries at theme parks included poor maintenance of the rides and attractions, entrapment between rides, improper entry or exit from the rides, and riders’ health conditions. Slips and falls due to slippery surfaces cause many injuries at water parks as well. Amusement park rides are continually advertising new rides that are steeper, faster, more dangerous, and more thrilling to the rider, and this could be at the expense of rider safety.
Six Flags Waterpark and Water Ride Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injury in the United States. Areas near water, such as pool decks and marina docks, can be especially hazardous to unsuspecting victims because they are typically wet. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has set out specific requirements for marina dock and swimming pool owners and operators to prevent slip and fall accidents. Marina docks must have non-slip surfaces, be maintained in non-slip conditions, and stairs must have non-slip surfaces. The ADA requires places of public accommodation, like marinas and swimming pools, to have walking surfaces with a coefficient of friction of at least 0.6. When surfaces become wet, a higher coefficient of friction is needed to prevent slipping and serious injuries that may result.
Areas around rides, pools, and changing areas can become slippery because of water, contaminants, cleaning residue, and algae and mold growth, and property owners are obligated to take corrective actions to ensure walkways are safe. Areas constructed from wood decking can warp and splinter, pulling nails loose and causing a tripping hazard if not properly maintained. Wood decking can also rot and decay, becoming weak and soft, creating a risk of breaking or collapsing and seriously injuring those unfortunate enough to be using the area. Regular cleaning and maintenance of common and pools areas can prevent thousands of slip and fall accidents. Most slip and fall accidents are caused by an unexpected change in walking surfaces, so swimming pool and waterpark visitors should be warned if surfaces may become slick or pose a slipping hazard.
When property owners fail to maintain their premises in safe conditions, and fail to provide non-slip walkways or warn of potentially hazardous conditions, Pennsylvania premises liability law will hold them liable for injuries that may occur on their premises. Slip and fall accidents can cause catastrophic injuries like broken bones, closed head injuries, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, paraplegia, quadriplegia, herniated discs, and lacerations, and can even lead to drowning and death if the victim falls into nearby water. Serious injuries like these can require life-long medical care, and lead to thousands of dollars in expenses. Many times, injuries victims suffer can cause permanent disability and prevent them from being able to work and provide income for their families.
Attorneys With the Experience in Premises Liability You Need
If you or a loved one was injured at a theme park or water park in Pennsylvania, the park may be responsible for your injuries, and may owe you financial compensation. You need someone on your side with the experience and understanding of Pennsylvania’s premises liability law to ensure you are compensated for you or your loved ones’ injuries. For over 50 years, the skill and commitment of our attorneys at Reiff & Bily have helped win clients millions. We can help you investigate the cause of your injuries, and determine if someone’s carelessness or negligence contributed to your slip and fall accident.
With hundreds of millions awarded, multimillion-dollar verdicts, and a proven track record of success representing slip and fall victims and their families, Reiff & Bily will work hard to help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering caused by a slip and fall, and we will fight to ensure your rights are protected and justice is obtained. Contact our Philadelphia amusement park accident lawyers today to learn more about how we can protect your rights and restore your hopes and dreams.