Common Causes of Water Park Accidents
In spring when the weather gets warmer and school is out of session water parks become a destination spot for many. For those uninterested in spending their break on a beach in Miami or at a music festival water parks seem very appealing. Entrance fees are usually inexpensive compared to the price a plane ticket and the possibly of fun is endless. As fun as water parks can be they can also quickly become a dangerous environment. Water rides involve a level of risk, because of this injuries can be sustained while at a water or amusement park. Those injured at a water themed amusement park can be entitled to compensation. Negligence on part of the park is the most common cause of water park injury. Listed below are the 3 three most common causes of water park injury.
1. Faulty equipment
Loose screws, unsteady platforms, and broken equipment can be the cause serious accidents in water parks. People place their trust in water rides and slides. Most people would not willingly enter a ride if they knew there was a high chance they could be seriously injured. Because water rides are usually fast paced any incident could leave severe or permeant damage to the people involved. Water park equipment should always be properly maintained to prevent potential incidents. Injury as a result of faulty equipment is considered negligence.
2. Neglected walkways
Water parks are always receiving constant sources of water, for this reason residual water is always left around the park. People emerging from pools and rides leave traces of water everywhere. In water parks these traces of water are always left on seats and walkways. If residual water is not mopped up on walkways this can lead to slip and fall accidents. Slippery surfaces are often the culprit of slip and fall accidents. Injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents can range from sprained ankles to traumatic brain injuries.
3. Lifeguards not present
Lifeguards are stationed around water parks to keep people from drowning. Sometimes in their absence people can slip and drown. Sudden dips in pools and slippery surfaces can be the direct cause of accidental drownings. Large crowds can exacerbate this issue by preventing lifeguards from seeing drowning swimmers. Water parks should place signs that alert people of depth of water, dips in the pool, and surfaces that are prone to becoming slippery. Owners of water parks that fail to adequately warn people of potential dangers may be liable for any injuries sustained.
Compensation for water park injury usually covers the cost of medical bills, present and future suffering, loss of income and other losses.
If you have sustained injuries while at a water park, feel free to contact us at Colley and Colley.