Are Amusement Parks Dangerous?
Amusement parks have been around in America since the 1800s. They are part of our history, and even now you can find amusement parks like Disney, Six Flags, and small parks incorporating the old fashion vibe and rides from the earliest amusement parks.
Amusement parks have rides, games, food, concert halls, animals, and more, all for the purpose of giving families a fun, inexpensive way to spend time together. Amusement parks have been a favorite part of any summer for any age for centuries, but should we worry about the danger that they may expose our children to?
In the past few years, most are aware of some of the devastating injuries that occurred at amusement parks, on roller coasters, the reverse bungee, and more. In 2016, a ten-year-old was decapitated going down a giant slide. A few days later, a little girl was thrown off of a roller coaster in Pennsylvania. Weeks later, three young girls were flipped out of their ferris wheel basket and one of them suffered a severe brain injury. The parents of this young child were told that the accident was due to a mechanical error. So where does this leave us? How many accidents, malfunctions, and mechanical errors have to happen before the safety of amusement parks is increased?
According to a 2013 study, about 12 children are sent to the hospital due to amusement park injuries every day. 20-25% of amusement park injuries happen to children and teenagers. Many people may be aware of the stories they hear about in the news, and think that it is one in a million. Even though these tragic accidents are rare, they do happen, and there are other concerns with amusement parks besides the stories that hit the headlines.
Besides deadly accidents that occur, amusement parks are also notorious for less serious injuries, even at the safest parks. The most common injuries that affect adults are back injuries and the most common for children are head and face injuries. Any types of injury from bumps and bruises to broken bones to traumatic brain injuries can cause physical, emotional, and financial strain on the families of those who are injured.
Amusement parks are meant for fun, thrills, excitement, and laughter. With so many injuries occurring, parents and kids must understand the risks involved, preventative measures that can be taken, and in the event of an injury, how to handle it. If more parents and children are aware of the risks, are more cautious, and take legal action, less injuries may happen at amusement parks.
If you or someone you know has been injured at an amusement park, seek medical attention and then contact one of our attorneys. An attorney can give you peace of mind when it comes to legal action, and they will be an advocate for you through a difficult time. If a ride or a ride operator or something else has injured you, you do not deserve to pay all of the medical bills, loss of wages, and therapy. It is important to get justice for these actions and hold people accountable for mistakes that occur and injure people.