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Amusement Ride Accidents

Amusement ride accidents can result in serious injury and death. Amusement ride accidents occur on a weekly, and sometimes daily, basis. Amusement ride accidents are scary and often life threatening.

The latest accidents, according to, include:

  • the death of a man struck by someone’s leg
  • a gondola falling to the ground and injuring two
  • a Ferris wheel collapsing and injuring 15
  • a Ferris wheel flipping upside down and killing five
  • a carnival car detaching and killing its two occupants
  • a 3-year-old boy suffering head injuries after he was thrown from a Ferris wheel
  • a 15-year-old girl suffering head injuries after she was thrown from a ride
  • two children were ejected from a ride, both sustaining head trauma

Amusement ride accidents result in an average of more than 4 deaths per year and 9,000 injuries. Many accidents are caused by faulty machinery and negligent owners, operators and manufacturers. It is important to contact a personal injury attorney and file an injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering.

Parents should talk to children about how to stay safe at amusement parks. Make sure to have an understood list of rules to follow, including where to meet if you are separated. To help stay safe at amusement parks, follow these simple steps:

  • If the ride doesn’t look like it is in good working condition, don’t ride it. Look at it; if there are pieces missing, loose or dislodged, or if it is making scraping or grinding sounds that seem abnormal, stay away.
  • Don’t let your children ride on rides that are too extreme for their age.
  • Accompany and monitor children carefully during any rides.
  • Follow all safety instructions that you receive.
  • Do not stand up during any rides.
  • Wear floatation devices in water rides.
  • Talk to the ride operator. If he/she seems intoxicated, fatigued, or preoccupied with things other than the ride, he/she probably isn’t operating the ride as safely as possible.
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