Two people were injured in a roller coaster accident at Great America amusement park in Santa Clara. The accident occurred when an employee was hit by a roller coaster that was returning to the station. The employee was allegedly struck on the head by a rider on the Flight Deck roller coaster. On the Flight Deck, riders’ legs hang free. One of the passengers of the roller coaster reported a hand injury.
There has been five fatal accidents since Great America opened in 1976. The last fatality involved a drowning in the wave pool. Other fatalities have included a boy falling from a roller coaster, a man who climbed over a security fence who was struck by a roller coaster rider’s leg, a boy falling under a log on a water ride, and a boy who suffered fatal injuries when two trains collided on a roller coaster.
After reading about those horrifying deaths, you may have decided that you never want to visit an amusement park again. However, roller coasters are generally very safe. According to some experts, the odds of being killed or seriously injured on a ride at an amusement park are one in 24 million. Generally, the rides are very safe, especially if proper safety rules are followed.
If you decide to visit an amusement park, you can increase your odds of avoiding an injury. Obey all safety rules. They are in place for a reason. If the signs say you must be 48 inches tall to ride, don’t insist that your 44 inch child be allowed to ride with you. The rides have been tested to make sure they are safe for children who meet the height requirements. Once you are on the roller coaster, keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Tighten your safety latches, belts and bars. If you have health considerations such as heart problems, or if you are pregnant, check to make sure that it’s safe for you to ride each ride before boarding.
The odds of you encountering some other type of issue at an amusement park are greater than the odds that you will be hurt on a ride. Dehydration is a major issue in the summer – make sure that you, and especially your children, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Use lots of sunblock to prevent any serious sun burns. Keep your children close at hand, and arrange a meeting point in advance in the event you become separated. It’s also important to safely secure your personal belongings. Make a note of where the first aid stations are located throughout the park in case you need help.
If you do suffer an injury at an amusement park, fair, or carnival, you may be entitled to compensation, if the accident was due to the negligence of the amusement park’s organizers. If the park had a defective ride or roller coaster that caused you to suffer injuries, you are entitled to compensation. If the park had another defect on the property, such as a dangerous, slippery surface that caused you to fall, you may be able to sue for damages.
If you’ve been injured at an amusement park, fair, or carnival, you should speak with a personal injury attorney. At Liberty Law, Micha Star Liberty believes that property owners should take precautions to insure that their guests are not injured, and if they fail to do so they should be held liable for damages. If you have been injured in the San Francisco – Oakland area, call Micha Star Liberty, San Francisco personal injury attorney, at 415-896-1000 or 510-645-1000. She will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and you pay nothing until you receive an award. Call today to learn more.