Amusement parks and theme parks are a great attraction for many Texas families, especially during the spring and summer months. Unfortunately, amusement parks are also known for accidents that cause serious personal injury and death, and often children are the victims of these injuries.
If you or a loved one has been hurt at a Texas amusement park, thencontact The Levine Law Firm in Austin to speak with a personal injury attorney about your options for obtaining compensation. Depending on the facts of your case, the park, along with the park’s insurer, may be liable for the injury.
Amusement Park Injury Statistics
There is currently a lack of data and oversight regarding amusement park accidents. In Texas and across the country, accidents on roller coasters and other rides are largely self-reported by the parks themselves, and there are very few regulations for collecting data on the cause, frequency and location of amusement and theme park accidents.
However, a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides some insight into the frequency and causes of amusement park injuries among children and adolescents. The study gathered available data from 1990 through 2010.
According to researchers, during that time 92,885 children aged 17 or younger were treated in U.S. emergency departments for amusement ride injuries. That comes to 4,423 injuries a year, with an average of 20 children a day receiving emergency treatment between May and September.
Injuries to the head and neck were the most commonly reported, and the types of injuries range from minor bruises, cuts and sprains to life-altering fractures and brain trauma. The statistics do not include the number of deaths caused by amusement park accidents.
Common Causes Of Amusement Park Injuries
The most common cause of amusement ride injuries is falling off, in, on or against a ride. People are also commonly injured when a body part or part of their clothing gets caught in the ride, or when someone gets hurt while getting onto or off of a ride.
It is rare for a moving ride to hit someone, but these accidents do happen.
Holding Amusement Parks Accountable
Injuries at amusement parks are preventable and, in many cases, due to negligence on the part of park staff. As with any business open to the public, amusement parks must ensure that the premises, including the rides, are reasonably safe for visitors. Unfortunately, when amusement parks and theme parks fail in this duty, the results can be disastrous.
At The Levine Law Firm, we help accident victims in Central Texas obtain full and fair compensation for injuries. We work quickly and efficiently for our clients to get them the compensation they need and deserve. Contactour office online or call 512-476-9800 to schedule a free initial consultation.