New York Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
Amusement Ride Injury Lawyers Serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx
Thrills and a sense of perceived danger are what draw many people to amusement park rides. Park operators compete to make their rides the fastest, the highest and the most frightening. While the sensations may be scary, park patrons expect the rides to still be safe and that they will be able to walk away unscathed after it stops.
For too many people, a day at the amusement park results in a trip to the emergency room or worse. In fact, statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission show that 8,800 people each year go to the emergency room because of injuries sustained on an amusement ride. Public water slides account for another 3,100 annual ER visits, and go-karts send about 15,600 people to the hospital each year.
There are several causes of amusement ride injuries, including operator errors, rider errors, mechanical breakdowns and design defects. In situations where a ride was improperly designed, manufactured, set up, inspected, maintained or operated, you could be entitled to compensation for injuries related to an amusement ride accident.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a New York amusement park accident, protect your rights by calling an experienced New York roller coaster accident lawyer at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., for a consultation. There is no obligation, so call today at 212-279-2000 or contact the firm through our online form to speak with an amusement park accident attorney in NYC.
About New York Amusement Park Accidents
Amusement ride fatalities are relatively rare, although they do happen even on seemingly safe children’s rides. For example, a six-year-old boy was killed in March 2011 when a speeding children’s train overturned in a South Carolina park.
Much more common are serious non-fatal injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, broken noses, whiplash, hemorrhages, finger and other body part amputations, concussions and paralysis.
A report from the National Safety Council shows that more than half of the injuries on fixed amusement rides (those permanently located at parks as opposed to ones that are moved to various locations at fairs and carnivals) happen on rides designed for adults. About a third of all fixed ride injuries occur on roller coasters, according to the report.
In effort to keep preventable amusement ride accidents from happening, both New York State law and the New York City Department of Buildings set regulations for all rides — both fixed and mobile. They require annual inspections in addition to initial testing and inspection when a ride is first erected.
Regulations also require ride operators to be at least 16 years old or 18 years old, depending on the ride type. They must also be knowledgeable about the ride’s controls, including its safety and emergency equipment.
Rides cannot be overloaded with too many patrons, and they cannot operate in bad weather conditions, such as high winds, according to the regulations. If a serious accident happens, the ride must be shut down until the cause is determined.
To provide coverage when a negligently operated or maintained ride hurts someone, New York law requires rider operators to carry insurance with limits of $1 million per occurrence and total aggregate coverage of $2.5 million.
Were You Hurt in an Amusement Ride Accident in the Bronx? Call an Amusement Park Accident Attorney in NYC Today
If you or someone you love was seriously injured in an amusement ride accident and someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation. Every New York personal injury lawyer at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. is skilled at evaluating amusement park accident claims and has a track record of getting results for our clients. Call an experienced New York roller coaster accident lawyer at our firm today at 212-279-2000 or use our online contact form for a free evaluation of your case from a New York amusement park accident lawyer.