Regardless of age, roller coasters are something that people worldwide love to enjoy. Although roller coaster rides are supposed to feel dangerous without being a threat, Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 30,000 amusement park injuries result in hospitalization per year.
Various injuries can occur as a result of a roller coaster accident. Four of the most common injuries reported include:
Traumatic Brain Injury
If a ride malfunctions or crashes, the rider can sustain a TBI. This can also occur from a cell phone getting loose and striking a rider in the head or a severe fall out of a slippery or unsecure ride.
Sprains and Strains
This is particularly common at water parks due to slippery and wet floors, walkways, and stairs. Whiplash is also a very common injury at amusement parks due to the excessive amount of being whipped and jerked around when on the rides.
This is usually a result of falling off of a malfunctioning or unsecured ride from high off the ground.
Bad slip/trips and falls at amusement parks often result in broken bones. Sometimes visitors underestimate steep slope slides at water parks or stairs and fall and break a bone.
When experiencing an injury at an amusement park, it's important that you first seek medical attention. Once safely in the care of a medical professional, reporting the incident to authorities should be the first to be completed to make sure they are aware of the damages that have been done and can take action to ensure the safety of others moving forward. It could also be beneficial to take pictures of the ride, where the incident took place and the hazard that caused the injury. Be sure to get the names of witnesses and the ride operator at the time. Gather all the notes you've taken and be ready to have them for supporting advice to your case.
Contact An Attorney
If you or someone you know has been injured at an amusement park, you could be owed financial compensation. Contact a skilled lawyer right away to begin discussing the details of your case and understand any options you may have. Here at Kamper & Estrada, PLLC, we have years of experience fighting cases just like yours. You are not alone, so let us help you. We are dedicated to getting our clients the justice they deserve.
Contact us today at (602) 230-1234 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.