Pennsylvania is home to some very popular amusement parks, like Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Idlewild and SoakZone, Knoebels Amusement Resort, and more. These parks and others in the state can provide hours of safe entertainment and fun to adults and children alike; but things can turn tragic in the event of amusement park ride accidents.
While the majority of amusement parks in the United States provide a safe and hazard-free environment, a report prepared for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) by the National Safety Council (NSC) stated that there were an estimated 1,299 fixed ride-related injuries in 2010.
Those injured in amusement park ride accidents may hold multiple people liable for the damages incurred.
- the amusement park.
- the ride manufacturer.
- the ride operator.
- and, anyone else associated with the park (if applicable).
Injuries in Amusement Park Accidents
Because of the various types of rides at amusement parks, the injuries that occur as a result of a ride malfunctioning are addressed on a case-by-case basis.
Injuries that may occur as a result of a malfunctioning ride include the following.
- head, neck, and back injuries.
- spinal injuries.
- traumatic brain injuries.
- drowning on water rides.
- amputated limbs.
- broken bones.
- torn ligaments.
- and, death.
While the majority of injuries listed above that occur because of roller coaster accidents or other amusement park ride accidents are not deadly, they can permanently impair a person’s physical function and ability to live a normal life.
Additionally, an injury at an amusement park can cause emotional distress and post-traumatic stress disorder for years to come. If you or a loved one has been involved in an amusement park accident, finding out who’s to blame for your injury is essential in recovering damages.
Who’s liable for your amusement park ride accident?
While some injuries occur as a result of a rider failing to follow ride instructions or behaving irrationally while on the ride, many injuries are preventable and occur as a result of a ride malfunction. Because Pennsylvania’s premises liability law stipulates that a property owner must keep they property reasonable safe for others, an amusement park owner may be responsible for your injuries.
For example, if the amusement park may be liable if the following is true.
- didn’t perform proper maintenance on the ride.
- didn’t inspect the ride regularly.
- or didn’t take reasonable actions to ensure a malfunction wouldn’t occur.
If you believe your injury was a result of a ride malfunction, and if you think the malfunction was preventable had the amusement park acted more responsibly, then it’s time you take action. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for pursuing a premises liability claim is two years from the date of injury, according to Pennsylvania Code Section 5524. As such, the time to act is now.
How Cordisco & Saile LLC Can Help after an Amusement Park Ride Accident
If injured because of an amusement park ride accident, an attorney can help you establish the negligence of the amusement park or other party and guide you through the process of filing your claim. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our attorneys understand how traumatizing an amusement park accident can be, and are ready to work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.
For questions about premises liability law in Pennsylvania, recoverable damages in your particular claim, and how to go about pursuing a claim for damages, call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started on your case.