Legal News Archive by Area: Amusement Park Accidents
June 26, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
A Daytona Beach, Florida rollercoaster that derailed on June 14th, 2018 had been previously taken out of service due to improper maintenance. State inspectors noted rust and corrosion and a crack in the track approximately a month before the incident that left nine people hospitalized. The rollercoaster was reopened after management addressed the issues as written.
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May 10, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The State Legislature in Ohio is considering changes to protocols regarding the inspection of rides and other attractions at fairs. The proposed changes are in response to an incident on July 27th, 2017, when one person was killed and others suffered significant injuries after the arm of a ride called the Fire Ball detached due to rust and deterioration.
Continue Reading: Fair Ride Inspections Not Standardized Across the United States
April 03, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When paying the entrance fee to attend an amusement park, most people would assume that some basic level of safety is guaranteed. Included in this assumption is the reasonable guess that all of the rides have been designed with safety in mind, by qualified professionals including engineers. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Continue Reading: Non-Professionals Designing Dangerous Rides
October 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It has only been a few months since the terrible accident at the Ohio State Fair, but already memories of that awful tragedy are beginning to fade. People are flocking back to amusement parks, State Fairs, and other places where thrill rides are offered. Many of these are static locations, such as Disneyland or the Six Flags parks. Some, like State Fairs, travel but stay in each location for multiple days or even weeks. But there are other purveyors of these attractions that are much more mobile.
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August 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
On July 24th, 2017, the Columbus Dispatch ran an article entitled “Rides will be ready despite set-up delays.” The article referenced recent flooding in the area, which made it impossible for the Ohio State Fair to begin deploying the various rides and attractions. The ride inspectors hurried around the grounds in an attempt to keep everything on track for the scheduled opening day.
Continue Reading: A Deadly Trip to the State Fair
May 24, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Water parks can be a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Offering slides, pools, and other attractions, water parks offer family fun as well as opportunities for teenagers and young adults to spend time with their friends.
Continue Reading: Taking Risks at a Water Park
August 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It can only be described as a parent’s worst nightmare. A day of fun at an amusement park winds up affecting the rest of your life. Two recent amusement park accidents have reignited concern over just how safe these rides are. A 10-year-old boy was killed while riding on a large water slide, and the next day three girls fell to the ground when the basket they were seated in overturned on a Ferris wheel.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Safety Under Scrutiny After Two Major Accidents
September 14, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
An August 13th incident at the theme park in Cedar Point, Ohio is drawing attention to the laxness of certain aspects of theme park security. A 45 year old male was struck and killed by an inverted coaster while retrieving his hat from under the ride. According to experts, the fences should have been much higher, and better warning signs should have been in place.
Continue Reading: Low Fences Prove Problematic for Amusement Parks
July 17, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
One terrible day for California amusement parks underlines just how dangerous these locations can be. On June 12th, 2015th, three serious incidents made clear that amusement parks can be dangerous, not just for thrill-seekers but for park staff as well.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents Mean Terrible Days Ahead
July 14, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
When you send your kid off to summer camp, you have certain expectations. The camp is taking responsibility for the safety or your child, and are guaranteeing the safety of the environment where your kid is staying. Every safety precaution must be taken to make sure your kid is not harmed, especially when dangerous activities are offered.
Continue Reading: Summer Camp Injuries and Negligence
June 03, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Major accidents at major theme parks get major press attention, but the majority of injuries at amusement parks come at much smaller establishments. Local miniature golf arenas often offer other attractions in addition to the mini golf course, attractions such as video games, laser tag, and go karts. Many of these businesses operate on low budgets to maximize profits, and safety is often one of the first things compromised when the budget is small.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents: Don't Go
May 28, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Maybe someone realized things were unsafe, and wanted to shut it down before anyone was injured. If so, they were too late.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents: The Unhappiest Place on Earth
January 19, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
All anybody wanted was a good time. It has been over a year and a half since the family attended a theme park looking for fun in May of 2013, but only now are the full details of the terrible event being revealed in the journal Pediatric Neurology.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents: No Ticket To Ride
December 17, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Twelve-year-old Brigitte Gallagher only wanted the illusion of flying when she climbed on the bungee ride at the North Carolina State Fair on October 17th. She got a lot more than she bargained for when the ride malfunctioned and she fell to the ground, badly breaking her foot. The illusion of flying wasn’t worth the reality of falling.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents: Free Falling
November 28, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Harvest carnivals are thrilling for children, and as parents we enjoy watching our little ones have a great time. There are costumes and candy and wonderful games, just like when we were kids. But times change, and there are new things to do every year. One of the most popular and common of these relatively new activities is the bounce house.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Accidents: Harvest Carnivals and Bad Bounces
November 13, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Children love animals. They especially love wild animals, the kind they can only see in zoos or in the movies. Watching a lion or a tiger move or eat is a fascinating experience for children, and even adults are impressed to watch these magnificent beasts in action.
Continue Reading: Amusement Park and Zoo Accidents: Dangerous Creatures
October 31, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Every year it seems like Halloween becomes more and more popular, reaching the point where stores devote as much space to Halloween costumes and decorations as they do for Christmas. Costume stores open in many communities for just a few months each year, as Americans spend millions on materials that will give them just the right look. And, just like with Christmas, the tendency is to want to stretch the holiday as long as we can. There are haunted houses and trick-or-treating events in malls and on town squares, and there are pumpkin patches.
Continue Reading: Halloween Amusements: The Scariest Time of the Year
August 29, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The Bryan Stow verdict in Los Angeles was a huge victory for common sense. For years, businesses of all type have tried to maintain that they hold no responsibility for what happens in their parking lots. These are usually minor issues, such as shopping carts dinging cars and fender-bender accidents because of improper design of the traffic flow. But sometimes these issues are major, such as when a business fails to do anything to keep people safe from assault.
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August 04, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
It could have been worse. That’s what we all keep telling ourselves. It could have been much worse. It could have been nearly any other ride at the park, and people might have died. But just because it could have been worse doesn’t mean that it’s okay to display such a level of negligence, especially at a place that attracts so many young adults and children.
Continue Reading: Summer Time Injuries at Your Favorite Park
June 16, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Hot-air balloon rides offer an exhilarating experience. Passengers can feel turbulence as the burners and air currents carry the balloons aloft. Balloons can climb more than 1,000 feet as passengers absorb stunning views of valleys, cityscapes, farmlands and mountains. For instance, a passenger in Yuba City, Calif., can see Mt. Shasta, the highest peak in Northern California, more than 100 miles away; such a view is rare from the ground in Yuba City.
Continue Reading: Hot Air Balloon Rides Not Always Safe
April 03, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Many of us have fond memories from our youth of visiting amusement parks and carnival rides at county fairs. Roller coasters and other rides provided quick, exuberant thrills in which passengers yelled and shrieked as they clung to their seats. High school graduates over the years reminisce about visiting Disneyland for grad night, during which they boarded thrill-seeking rides such as Space Mountain and the Matterhorn. Apart from being scared to wit’s end, the worst that generally happened was water splattering their clothes. As adults, we take our children and grandchildren to theme parks and carnival midways so they can experience the fast-paced rides. Is it always fun and thrilling?
Continue Reading: Amusement Park Rides: Risky and Deadly
January 10, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
The spring and fall are not the only times that carnivals pop up around the country. Jingle bells and making spirits bright mean festive times for all and those festivities continue long after visits from gift-giving heroes and new year celebrations. Every parent continues to look for ways to keep kids occupied no matter what time of year. But, despite the fun and frivolity, there are still some accidents that can occur and staying safe at these venues will mean happier times for all through the new year and many years to come.
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October 29, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Amusement parks are in the news lately, and sadly, not because of positive news. Earlier in the summer we heard of a woman who fell to her death from a roller coaster at a Texas amusement park. Even more recently, we heard of two boys who suffered neck wounds on a carousel, and a Coney Island young boy who suffered a mangled leg from another ride. Are amusement parks becoming more dangerous, or are we less equipped to handle an accident?
Continue Reading: Keeping Your Kids Safe at Amusement Parks
July 22, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Over the past weekend a woman fell to her death from a roller coaster a a well-known amusement park in Texas. It’s estimated that close to eight million visitors and tourists frequent theme parks and amusement parks in the United States annually. Many of the visits occur during in the summertime when the kids are out of school and places of employment can be slightly more flexible with time off for parents. As soon as school ends, the vacation planning takes place. The kids chomp at the bit, so excited they can hardly sleep in any number of days leading up to the time of departure. To make sure that your family has a safe trip at the amusement park of choice, you will want to add certain safety items to your checklist when planning.
Continue Reading: Amusement Parks and Theme Parks: Safe or Scary?
March 19, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.
Amusement parks are popular venues year-round for children and adults, and their visits range in destination from the regional Six Flags in various cities, to local county fairs, to the cream-of-the-crop parks like Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We trust that we’ll have a memorable time, and that nothing will happen while we are there. After all, we know these professional amusement parks undergo the most rigorous of safety inspections… most of the time.
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