Safety in Amusement Parks
Summer is here. All across America, children and adults alike are flocking to resorts, beaches, museums, cruise lines, and other fun-filled attractions. Among these are amusement parks, famous for their exhilarating roller coasters and other rides.
While it's great to spend a day at the amusement park, it's important to remember your safety rights as a park visitor. Below are some safety guarantees you should be aware of and, if violated by the amusement park, could be used to make a claim.
The amusement park is responsible to train and manage employees who operate park equipment safely. If a visitor is injured because an employee failed to perform proper safety precautions, for example, then the visitor may be able to make a claim. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the amusement park to post and maintain warning signs. These signs should clearly layout in detail the health risks of each individual ride, as well as who should and should not participate in the attraction.
Roller coasters can be in operation anywhere between eight to fourteen hours per business day. With so much use, the mechanical components of the coaster are bound to deteriorate over time. Thus, periodical maintenance and inspection is necessary. Otherwise, the visitors are at risk of riding on defective attractions. If a visitor is injured because of poorly-maintained equipment, then the visitor may be able to make a claim.
Design risks typically occur in traveling theme parks or in amusement parks at a larger scale attempting to be more competitive. In this case, it is not an operation or maintenance risk, but rather an issue in the way the roller coaster was initially designed. For traveling theme parks, this can be a problem, as these rides may favor portability and cost over safety. For bigger amusement parks, the early testing phases of a new coaster could be rushed in order to open the attraction as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the parks to ensure rides are designed and tested properly.
Remember these risks and your rights before you throw your hands up into the air and scream (for more information about injuries in Amusement park accidents, click here.)
Have you been injured in an amusement park? Understand your safety rights by contacting one of our professional attorneys at Colley & Colley today.