As roller coaster attorneys, we have proven success in representing injured clients due to the negligence of amusement parks.
Michael Dwaileebe v. Six Flags Darien Lake
- A gentleman was ejected out of a Superman roller coaster (now known as the Ride of Steel roller coaster) and flew approximately ten feet in the air before landing on pavement.
Amusement park accidents often occur at the following types of amusement park settings:
- Mobile Rides - those rides that move from site to site, even state to state, from events like carnivals and state fairs
- Fixed Rides - those that are a permanent attraction at an established Amusement Park (e.g., Disneyland or Six Flags)
While at an amusement park, injuries occur due to the following:
- Slip and fall on walkways;
- Faulty rides and equipment;
- Failure to warn of dangerous condition;
- Negligent workers
What is the most common injury:
- Neck injuries;
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries;
- Heart attack; and
Reports indicate approximately half of all ride-related injuries happen to children under the age of 13. A common cause of accidents at amusement parks is when parents allow their children to go on rides that are not appropriate for their size. A parent or guardian should not allow their child to go on a ride where they do not pass the height requirement.
Water rides pose an additional risk because the height requirements are not regulated at the federal level.
As a general rule, be conservative when you are unsure if a ride is safe.
In the last ten years, amusement park and roller coaster rides have caused the deaths of many innocent and unexpecting people.