Flying down a zip line suspended in air is becoming more and more popular throughout the United States and other countries.
I recently took a cruise with my family and on three of the islands we visited, shore excursions or adventures of the day included a zip line adventure. In fact, my ship even had a zip line on board as a thrill attraction. Every year, millions of thrill seekers become zip line enthusiasts and the zip line amusement industry is booming. But at what cost? Statistics indicate that approximately 18 to 20 million people ride commercially operated zip lines annually according to the Association For Challenge Course Technology. Even more riders travel on non-commercial zip lines.
Since the year 2000, the zip line industry has grown exponentially and many states have no specific regulations, and in fact, there are no federal laws specifically dealing with zip lines. Unfortunately due to there being no regulation of zip lines, many accidents occur due to snapped lines or equipment failures.
As an experienced Pennsylvania amusement accident attorney, I am aware of one thing for certain, that questions about amusement and zip line safety are not new. However, relatively little has been done to address these issues. Unfortunately, many zip line ride manufacturers, owners, operators, and insurers may handle the safety of zip lines as they choose. Participants who are unaware of the risks of such a ride have no idea what to expect or how to react in a dangerous situation and can often end up with fractures, spinal injuries, or worse yet, death.
Recently a Georgia woman was severely injured when a zip line snapped on a 24-year-old woman’s second ride, sending the nature loving thrill seeker onto the rocks beneath, leaving her with a life threatening injury. Although the zip line industry professionals insist that accidents are rare and safety is paramount, I beg to differ.
The amusement ride accident lawyers of Reiff & Bily understand that prosecuting a zip line accident case often involves a combination of legal theories including, but not limited to, product liability, negligence, premises liability, criminal liability, and potential inadequate security issues. In most zip line accident cases, defendants will assert that most victims assume the risk and that he or she recognized the dangers inherent in the activity. However, our skilled attorneys and experts understand that a victim cannot assume concealed risks or those risks of which he or she is unaware. Until the federal government and state governments close these safety loopholes and properly address a current patchwork of amusement accident regulations and zip line accident regulations, it is left to amusement park accident attorneys to protect the rights of the people who seek fun and not injury when they sign up for a zip line adventure.
At Reiff & Bily, we have over three decades of experience representing those who are catastrophically injured and family members of those wrongfully killed. We are proud to announce that we have recently been named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers Association and Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia. We always offer a free, no obligation consultation and believe that consumer safety is priority number one rather than the profitability of amusement attraction and zip line operators.