Summer is here and a favorite summer pastime is visiting amusement parks. Roller coasters can offer excitement and fun, but can also be dangerous when they are not correctly operated or if they malfunction. Children can be particularly at risk of injuries at amusement parks because of poor maintenance or design of a ride or inadequate supervision.
About half of all amusement park accidents involve children. About two-thirds of all ride-related injuries happen to children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most, if not all, of these accidents could be prevented by the ride’s designers or operators, or by parents.
Ride operators must ensure that children have the proper supervision and can behave in a safe manner. Ride designers, particularly of rides marketed towards children, must take additional safety precautions to take into account the size of the riders. Parents have the responsibility to be aware of safety requirements and to make responsible decisions on which rides their children should ride.
In addition to dangers posed by amusement park rides, there are also a number of other risks at amusement parks, including the risk of overheating, slip and fall accidents, assaults, and more. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been harmed in an accident involving an amusement park. You can also learn more about us on Twitter.