People love to get a fright, and that’s one reason amusement parks are so popular. The thought of what could happen is part of the thrill when you step aboard any high-flying, twisting, whirling and plummeting amusement ride. Although it’s all in good fun, recent reports of people getting hurt or even killed at theme parks are cautionary tales for thrill-seekers. If you have experienced the living nightmare of a theme park accident, you need level-headed legal representation to help you pick up the pieces.
What Qualifies as a Theme Park Accident?
An amusement park is a commercial location which includes rides, games, food booths and other attractions for the entertainment of its patrons. A theme park is an amusement park that is centered on a specific theme, such as Legoland or Sea World. These parks have a permanent location. While they may not pose as high a risk of injury as itinerant carnivals where workers assemble and disassemble the rides multiple times per season, theme parks nevertheless do have safety risks. Some of the injuries people can sustain at a theme park include:
- Strain or sprain of the neck
- Stroke resulting from neck trauma
- Traumatic brain injury
- Broken bones
- Death from falling
In one widely reported theme park accident in Kansas City, a young boy was decapitated on a water slide while in another fatal accident in a Florida theme park, an alligator snatched and killed a toddler.