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Amusement parks have started to reopen across the U.S. with special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While this year is going to look different in terms of summer vacations, families still have the option to visit parks such as DisneyWorld and Cedar Point while maintaining health protocols such as limited capacity, enforced use of masks, and occasionally, health screenings.
Amusement park reopenings are no doubt a relief for many families hoping to make some good memories after long periods of quarantining and business closures. However, while following procedures to stay safe from COVID-19, amusement park goers should also be aware of how to prevent serious injuries and what to do if injuries happen.
CNN Health reports that there were an estimated 30,000 injuries resulting from amusement parks in 2016.
Amusement Park Horror Stories
Horrifying amusement park accidents have happened all over the world – from Disneyland in California to DreamWorld in Australia to Lightwater Valley Theme Park in England. Hitting close to home was a 2016 accident at the Idlewild & Soak Zone Amusement Park here in Pittsburgh. In this tragic accident, a 3-year old boy was ejected from the “Rollo Coaster” and suffered serious injuries. PennLive reported that factors contributing to the accident included unsecured riders, no secondary restraints, modifications to the original equipment, height of riders, and maintenance and structural conditions.
Most Common Amusement Park Injuries
According to Nolo, common injuries resulting from amusement park accidents include:
Top Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
The CPSC reports the top contributing factors to amusement park injuries and fatalities. Injuries most frequently occur due to:
Tips for Amusement Park Safety
Usually, simply following the rules and common sense can keep everyone safe. CNN Health shares some important guidelines for staying safe at amusement parks and fairs:
What Are Your Rights If You’re Injured at an Amusement Park?
If you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you have the legal right to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party. You can claim compensation for your injuries – including medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of abilities, lost income, and much more! But even if you know you are innocent, proving fault and gathering strong evidence can be challenging. Scanlon & Wojton, LLC is a legal team highly experienced in dealing with amusement park accident victims. Contact our Pittsburgh office at (412) 918-1241 or online.
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