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Amusement-Park Injuries Underreported

Eighteen people were injured recently on a “swing” carnival ride in Connecticut, WNBC-TV in New York reported. Twelve children and one adult were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, including broken bones and contusions. The others declined treatment.

The incident occurred when the carnival lost power, causing the twirling swings to suddenly drop mid-air and smash into one another.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions says that 1,204 people suffered amusement ride injuries in 2011, or 4.3 injuries per 1 million in attendance. However, the association’s numbers may be understated, in part because they do not include injuries on mobile rides, such as rides at fairs and traveling carnivals.

The Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that 92,885 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries on amusement rides between 1990 and 2010. That is an average of 4,423 injuries a year for children alone, not counting any adult injuries.

Fixed-site rides accounted for 33 percent of the injuries; mobile rides, 29 percent; and mall rides, 12 percent.

The most prevalent injuries involved these body parts:

  • Head and neck, 28 percent
  • Arms, 24 percent
  • Face, 18 percent
  • Legs, 17 percent

Falls caused 32 percent of the injuries. Hitting a body part on the ride or being hit by something caused 18 percent. Injuries included broken bones, strains and sprains.

To keep you and your children safe on amusement park rides, always follow safety precautions and heed height restrictions. Speak to your children about keeping their hands and feet inside the ride and staying seated during seated rides.

Unfortunately, accidents can occur even when you are mindful of safety. If you or a family member has been injured on an amusement ride, contact David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Our experienced New York accident attorneys can advise you of your legal right for compensation.


David Resnick founded the firm in 1998 after working in large law firms where he saw a need for greater client communication and more personal care. He wanted to help everyday folks who have had the misfortune to be injured in an accident.

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