Are Amusement Parks Dangerous?

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May 2, 2019 | Premises Liability |


Amusement parks are a popular source of summer entertainment. Roller coasters, bumper cars, carousels, Ferris wheels, and water slides all bring back memories of spending time with loved ones among concession stands, long lines, and lots of sunshine.

For some, though, amusement parks are a source of bad memories. Injuries occur far too frequently, and if they are due to negligence on the part of the amusement park or ride manufacturer, you may have a strong personal injury case.

Amusement Park Accident Statistics

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) collects injury data and provides national injury estimates through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. In 2017, the CPSC estimated that 43,405 people were injured by amusement attractions.

A breakdown of estimates by age is as follows:

  • 0–4: 7,338
  • 5–14: 19,047
  • 15–24: 6,092
  • 25–64: 10,507
  • 65+: 421

The age group with the highest rate of amusement park injuries is young children between 5 and 14 years old.

Common Injuries

With the variety of rides and entertainment at amusement parks, it’s no surprise that visitors can encounter a variety of injuries, as well. Common injuries include the following:

  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Cuts, bruises, and broken bones
  • Food poisoning from concession stands
  • Slips and falls
  • Drowning on water rides
  • Brain injuries and concussions
  • Death

These injuries can be the result of negligence, such as inadequate training of ride operators, mechanical failure due to improper ride maintenance, a lack of posted warnings, or defective safety devices. In any case, amusement parks have the responsibility to meet state and federal regulations and provide a safe premises for their visitors.

Follow These Safety Tips

When you visit an amusement park this summer, follow these safety tips:

  • Follow all safety instructions on rides
  • Avoid rides that seem to be malfunctioning
  • Stay hydrated and fueled
  • Use sun protection, such as sunscreen and hats
  • Avoid restricted areas
  • Pay attention to your surroundings

Even with these guidelines in mind, accidents can happen. In the event of an injury, seek legal counsel.

Contact a Premises Liability Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured on public property as a result of a negligence, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Premises Liability Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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