The amusement park industry has been around for many years, but there is always competition to debut the newest, most exciting attraction. Sometimes, this competitive drive leads amusement park owners to take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
In 2013, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), more than 315 million patrons visited U.S. amusement parks. Approximately 1,356 patrons were injured. As an amusement park patron, you must be aware of these safety risks and actively participate in ensuring your own safety.
- Ride Restraints – before taking off, make sure your restraint is securely locked into place. Most parks require the ride operators to check each patron’s restraint prior to starting the ride. You should be especially aware if you have a unique size, disability, or any other attribute that may affect how the restraint fits you.
- Ride Operators – despite the fact that there are many safety regulations in place, amusement parks may employ inexperienced, improperly trained operators to run the attractions. As a patron, you should be aware of this risk and educate yourself on the safety guidelines posted at each attraction.
- Weather Complications – most larger rides with outdoor tracks are closed during inclement weather. Do not board an outdoor attraction if it is wet from rain or snow.
If you or someone you know has been injured at an amusement park, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.