Amusement Park Accidents

Amusement park rides are marvels of technological development. Their design requires mastery of physics, engineering, materials and mathematics. Tubular steel tracks, polyurethane wheels, and computer modeling have broadened the boundaries of design. In many ways amusement rides have become safer. For example, ride designers apply bio-dynamic research as it relates to g-forces; computers now control many elements of the ride; fail safe defaults are supposed to ensure vehicles come to rest safely in the event of a power outage.

In 2011, exactly 4.3% of riders injured on rides were reported to be “seriously injured”


Nevertheless, amusement rides remain risky. In 2011, exactly 4.3% of riders injured on rides were reported to be “seriously injured,” meaning that the injury required immediate hospitalization in excess of 24 hours for purposes other than observation. This statistic comes from the 2013 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey, conducted by the National Safety Council Research and Statistical Services Group.

As these machines become more complex, more can go wrong. Design errors, inadequate maintenance, poor training, and improperly securing passengers are a few of the areas of concern. Amusement and theme park owners have a responsibility to protect the public from harm. BolandHowe has taken amusement companies to trial for clients injured by such devices.

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