A year does not pass in which many people fail to visit an amusement park.
Some towns in the Hudson Valley Region have small, family owned amusement
parks that many families will visit several times each summer. Of course,
larger regional and national theme parks exist that are the destination
for countless family vacations.
Experienced Poughkeepsie amusement park accident attorneys know that amusement parks are thrilling but also dangerous. While for
the most part the rides are safe and people enjoy their stay without incident
or injury, this is not always the case. Amusement park accidents occur
every year and are increasing with their popularity.
In regard to malfunctioning equipment, there could be as many as 100 of
such accidents in a given year. Even basic rides, such as Ferris wheels,
are known to malfunction. The malfunction can be due to equipment failure,
improper maintenance, and or improper operation of the ride. In a word, “negligence” in operating and or maintaining the attraction was the cause of
the accident. Note that operating the ride is different from managing
the amusement park in total. But negligence can also be attributed to
improper management of the park.
As you know, many rides must be inspected by government authorities. If
the inspector performed the inspection improperly, grounds for negligence
Remember that negligence can be attributable to nonfeasance or malfeasance.
This means that there could have been a wrongful act or a wrongful failure
to act. A ride may malfunction because of a failure to properly maintain
the ride. An accident may occur because the operator activated the ride
too fast or stopped the ride too quickly.
Here are some other causes of amusement park injuries: falling off of a ride,
slipping and falling at the park, park animals attacking guests, mechanical failures, improper supervision
of guest ingress and egress onto and off of rides, among others.
The types of injuries that have occurred fall on a broad spectrum from
bruises and scratches up to death. In between these extremes, amusement
park patrons have received lacerations, broken hands, fingers, legs, feet;
there have been traumatic brain injuries, fractured skulls, neck and spinal
injuries, as well as limb loss.
Any number of these accidents can become a life changing event. Limb loss
will take years to recover from, forcing the victim to re-learn how to
complete the basic tasks of life. Spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis,
either from the neck down, or the waist down.
Brain injuries are known to cause loss of sight, hearing, memory; they can even change
In closing, owners and operators of amusement parks are charged with a
duty to prevent their guests from incurring preventable and foreseeable
harms. Failing in this duty can give rise to a valid claim founded in
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