Can a seemingly innocent day at the amusement park go horribly wrong? Serious injury attorneys agree; the answer is yes. Although theme parks may seem safe and reports of large-scale accidents are relatively uncommon, most accidents or mishaps on attractions and rides range from frightening to crippling — and sometimes even fatal. What are some of the worst theme park accidents to date?
Woman Drowns On Rapids Ride
On March 21, 1999, some of the inflatable compartments in a boat in a rapids ride burst, overturning the boat, spilling passengers into the water, and even trapping one woman underneath. The legal aftermath was messy, even for experienced injury attorneys. Theme park representatives attempted to defend themselves to accident injury attorneys as well as the general public. “People in the boats are here to have a good time. We never had expected that they would be in the water. The expectation has been that they would stay in the boat,” one official said.
Broken Ride Severs Young Girl’s Feet
One little girl lost both of her feet when a tower ride broke. A cable snapped suddenly and unexpectedly, whipping around, cutting off the girl’s feet, and leaving her permanently disabled. The girl was lucky to escape with her life. One young boy passed away when he hopped the fence into a restricted area to retrieve his lost baseball cap. The roller coaster came around while the boy was retrieving his cap and hit him full force. The impact decapitated him, ultimately cutting his young life short.
Serious injury attorneys know that accidents, debilitating injuries, and sometimes even tragic deaths can — and will — happen everywhere. For at least a handful of families, an innocuous outing to an amusement park changed their lives forever. For more, read this link.