As an experienced PA amusement park accident attorney, I am always aware of the harms that can occur at an amusement park. As rides are getting bigger and faster, the chances of sustaining an injury while on an amusement park ride are dramatically increasing.
Recently, tragedy struck the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when a three-year-old was thrown from her seat on the “Techno Jump ride”. While the girl met the height and weight requirements, she still slipped from the moving chair and fell to the ride’s platform. The lap bar and restraining belt were unable to stop her from falling.
This is not the first accident to occur at the Houston Rodeo. Last year, a man was killed when he fell out of a roller coaster. While safety teams inspected the roller coaster and found no malfunctions, something obviously went wrong. Another passenger who had ridden on the same roller coaster earlier that day claimed that her safety latch had come undone while she was on the ride. As an advocate for safety, especially for trusting consumers, I believe it’s time that the Federal Government reconsider regulating both fixed site amusements and traveling carnivals.
In one of the last reports released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), statistics revealed that there were on average 3,400 accidents at amusement parks each year. Other sources indicate that the real number of injuries and deaths is much higher.
If you or a loved one is injured, or becomes injured in an amusement accident in Philadelphia, it is important to never sign anything without first consulting a lawyer. Oftentimes, the owners of amusement parks and traveling carnivals will deny liability for injuries sustained on their rides. If you have been injured in an amusement park or rodeo accident, you may have claims for pain and suffering, emotional harm, physical damages, lost wages, and future lost wages. The accomplished Philadelphia amusement park attorneys at Reiff and Bily have successfully assisted amusement park accident victims and their families since 1979. If you have been injured at an amusement park, contact Reiff and Bily immediately at (800) 421-9595.