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Amusement Park Accidents

Many children and one adult were injured on Sunday when an amusement park ride broke down at a Connecticut fair. The ride was a rotating, swinging-seat ride, so when it came to a sudden stop, the passengers knocked into each other. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital.

Connecticut state police cited mechanical failure as the cause of this amusement ride accident. Initial reports indicated that one of the riders was ejected from their seat, but later police reports confirmed that no one was ejected or fell to the ground.

Legal Theories About Amusement Park Accidents

When amusement park accidents are caused by the negligence or carelessness of the park owner or an employee of the park, the victims can file personal injury claims for compensation. This type of accident would fall under the category of premises liability in most cases.

The defendant(s) in these cases can be held liable for accidents that are caused by their failure to do something they should have or their direct actions. Consider some examples of causes of amusement park accidents:

  • Failure to set up adequate warning signs (ex: "must be this tall to ride")
  • Posting signs that are too vague or do not adequately warn park visitors
  • Park manager's failure to adequately train employees on how to operate the rides
  • Mechanical failures caused by poor upkeep/maintenance
  • Lack of inspections or infrequent inspections
  • Park employees operating a ride incorrectly even though they were trained properly

Some amusement park accidents are areas of product defect rather than premises liability. Even when park operators and employees are taking all the necessary safety precautions, defective rides can result in serious and even fatal accidents.

If you or someone you love was involved in this type of accident, please do not hesitate to contact a Bronx personal injury lawyer at The Law Firm of Steven I. Fried, P.C. today.


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