Amusement Park Accidents

by Terry Bryant

Waterslide Amusement Park Accident

Recent reports of injuries at amusement parks have been troubling. In the last few weeks alone, a 10-year-old boy died from a neck injury sustained on a Schlitterbahn waterslide, three children fell out of a Ferris wheel in Tennessee, a three-year-old boy fell out of a rollercoaster at Idlewild and SoakZone in Pennsylvania, and two patrons were injured on an attraction at Cedar Point in Ohio.

Early August is the last chance to squeeze in a summer getaway before the start of the new school year, but safety must be first priority. Three of these recent incidents involved children. Parents need to take the time to read the rules and regulations regarding each attraction before allowing children to climb aboard. Height restrictions and weight restrictions may prevent children from riding certain attractions.

The amusement park staff should be making sure each rider is qualified to board each attraction, but as adults, you need to take extra precautions to keep you and your children safe. If you aren’t sure a ride is safe, don’t be afraid to ask questions or move on to the next ride.