Georgia residents who enjoy spending their summer time riding roller coasters or visiting amusement parks may know that thousands of people are injured every year due to accidents that can occur. Roller coaster and amusement park accidents can occur when rides malfunction. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported an estimated 2,800 to 4,300 non-occupational injuries occurred between 1997 and 2003 on rides, resulting in trips to the emergency room.
Because roller coasters and other amusement rides have lots of moving parts, there is the potential that ride equipment could become defective. For example. vehicle doors and restraints can malfunction, potentially causing injuries. In some cases, employees can fail to perform safety routine checks or become distracted, causing them to not operate the ride safely.
The most common amusement park injuries are head, neck and back injuries. Amusement park goers are also at risk for suffering water slide injuries and drowning. The injuries that can be suffered could potentially result in brain injuries, mobility issues, limb amputations and disfigurement. Further, a person may also suffer from mental traumas that could prevent them from being able to enjoy amusement park rides in the future.
When preventable accidents occur at an amusement park or water park, the injuries a person can face may be severe and life-changing. In some cases, the injured person may have the ability to file a premises liability lawsuit against the owner of the amusement park, especially if there is evidence that a ride malfunctioned or an employee did not follow proper safety procedures, causing an accident to occur. An attorney may assist with preparing and filing the lawsuit that would seek to obtain appropriate compensation.