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Amusement Park Rides May Not Be So Safe

Amusement park rides are “one of the safest forms of recreation available to the public,” according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Your chances of being seriously injured on a fixed-site park ride in the U.S. are 1 in 24 million, the organization says.

When bad accidents occur, though, it can be hard to think of the rides as safe.

A roller coaster accident this summer at upstate New York’s Darien Lake Theme Park Resort took the life of a 29-year-old U.S. Army vet. The veteran, who had lost both legs in Iraq, was thrown from the ride, the Huffington Post reported.

Non-Fixed Site Parks

The statistics from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions only include those from fixed-site amusement parks, leaving out accident numbers from traveling fairs and carnivals.

After a female rider fell out of the Zipper at a Montana fair recently, USA Today published comprehensive statistics regarding amusement ride accidents. As the newspaper reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates the manufacturing of amusement rides, but there is no federal oversight of how they are set up, maintained and operated. While most states impose state or local oversight, five states – Alabama, Mississippi, Nevada, South Dakota and Utah – have no oversight requirements.

The article points out conflicting findings between the IAPPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to a research group working for IAAPA, there were 1,415 injuries among the 1.7 billion rides visitors took at amusement parks in 2011. But the Consumer Product Safety Commission found an estimated 37,154 people were injured seriously enough for an emergency room visit that same year. Of these, 1,177 were admitted to the hospital or died.

If you were injured on an amusement ride, you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The New York injury lawyers at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., are ready to help you. Call us at 855-735-3702 or send us a quick message on our online form.

Sources:

  • IAAPA

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