Derailed Rollercoaster Previously Cited


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.

In hindsight it is clear the ride should not have reopened. The accident, which resulted in two people being ejected from the rollercoaster car and eight others requiring rescue, is still under investigation, but the same deferred maintenance that resulted in rust, corrosion, and cracks in the track very likely played a role in whatever deficiency caused the cart to derail.

As more and more negative attention has accrued towards the park, officials have insisted that existing deficiencies were properly addressed. Though the ride had passed a state inspection only a few hours prior to the accident, the previously failed inspection looms large.

Rust and corrosion are often systemic issues, and addressing localized issues without insuring the entire structure has been examined and repaired can result in ongoing problems. Different companies have different policies regarding how to address failed inspections, but an accident occurring so quickly after problems were supposedly fixed is striking.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an amusement park accident, it is important to look into the history of the attraction that caused the injury. In this case there was a history of failed inspections, as well as the fact the ride had been moved at least three times before ending up in Daytona Beach. Each time a ride is moved, there is a chance of damage being done during the process. Please, consult with an experienced attorney regarding your case.

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