During our hot Texas summers that seem to last year-round, you can find families having a good time on a lazy river, at the go-kart track, or at an amusement park. An amusement park is a commercial location with rides, games, food, and other attractions for the entertainment of its patrons. A theme park is an amusement park with a specific focus, like SeaWorld. Whether a theme park, amusement park, water park, or other type of recreational facility, fun is the main objective for visiting families; unfortunately, injuries can also occur.
Depending on what causes an amusement park injury, legal responsibility may rest with the park owner, the designer or manufacturer of a ride, a concession stand owner, and more. Very often, more than one company is responsible for paying compensation to the injury victim.
Many injuries at amusement parks occur while a patron is riding a roller coaster or other high-speed or high-intensity park ride. These injuries can occur because of a defect in the design or manufacture of the ride, an employee did not secure patrons properly in their seats, the ride malfunctioned, or another reason altogether. Furthermore, roller coasters designed with drops, jolts, and jerks can cause whiplash or aggravate existing back or spine injuries. Older amusement park rides have been responsible for a greater number of accident reports and injuries than newer rides, often due to the park’s failure to maintain the ride or ensure the ride complies with newer and stricter safety standards.
Impacts and bodily strains caused by the ride’s normal motion are responsible for most serious amusement park injuries. The head, neck, and back suffer the most reported injuries. Falls from rides and ejections from the ride are the next most common source of theme park injury, especially in young children.
Amusement Park Injuries Include:
• Strain or sprain of the neck
• Stroke resulting from neck trauma
• Traumatic brain injury
• Broken bones
• Death from falling
• Ride-related injuries
Texas Amusement Park Injuries
If you or your child suffered amusement park injuries, you are not alone. Visitors are seriously injured each year at Texas recreational parks, including Fiesta Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, Kemah Boardwalk, Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, SeaWorld, and more. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your injuries, so contact our personal injury lawyers today.