Defective Machinery and Amusement Park Accidents

By Hardin Ramey on March 26, 2019

Lady JusticeA day spent at an amusement park should be a day filled with joy. Sadly, the good times can end abruptly if you or someone you love suffers a serious injury on a ride. Often, accidents at amusement parks take place due to defective machinery.

The personal injury lawyers at the Ramey Law Firm in Dallas, TX protect the rights of injury victims at amusement parks. We will investigate the cause of your injury to hold the responsible party accountable and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injury.

What Types of Injuries Result from Mechanical Failures at Amusement Parks?

From Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park to Splash Factory, Texas is home to dozens of amusement parks. While these parks are the site of fun and adventures, they are unfortunately also the site of traumatic injuries in some cases.

Common amusement park injuries include:

  • Lacerations
  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Electrocution
  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal injury
  • Paralysis
  • Death

What Are Some Examples of Defective Machinery at Amusement Parks?

Some amusement park accident injuries are the result of defective components. For example, a faulty lap bar may unlatch in the middle of a ride, ejecting the rider from his or her seat.

Other examples of defective machinery at amusement parks include:

  • Structurally flawed equipment
  • Exposed wires
  • Unsecured equipment
  • Improper safety harnesses
  • Sharp edges or obtruding objects
  • Failed emergency stops

Who Is Liable for Your Amusement Park Injury?

The manufacturer of any ride or piece of equipment that a customer accesses at an amusement park is responsible for ensuring the product is safe for its intended use. The manufacturer must build safety features into the equipment to safeguard against potential accidents. Should manufacturers fail to make a safe product, they can be held responsible for the victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.

In a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, the plaintiff must provide evidence of the following:

  • That the injury and losses suffered were a direct result of the accident
  • That the product was defective and directly responsible for causing the injury
  • That the product was being used as intended (i.e. the passenger was following safety instructions on a ride, such as wearing a safety harness or staying inside a boundary)

In other cases, the product itself may have been manufactured correctly, but not maintained by the park operator. Rollercoasters and other amusement park attractions require consistent maintenance to identify and fix mechanical defects. In these cases, the theme park operator may be held responsible for your injury and any ensuing damages.

Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

No one expects to be injured at an amusement park, but it does happen. If it happens to you or someone you love, contact the legal experts at the Ramey Law Firm. We will investigate the cause of your amusement park accident to determine who is responsible and pursue the maximum damages on your behalf. Schedule a consultation online or by calling (972) 437-5577 now.

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