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.
Parking lot carnivals have become a common sight across the United States. Unlike State Fairs, parking lot carnivals tend to last only a weekend, tend to feature just a handful of riders, and are usually based in a very contained area such as a parking lot. To locals, they seem to go up overnight and fade just as fast. For smaller towns and cities, these offer the opportunity for amusement park type attractions on a smaller budget and without travel.
Unfortunately, because these carnivals travel quickly from town-to-town, setup and takedown take place in compressed time periods. This can lead to dangerous corners being cut, as might have taken place in a recent incident in Richmond. On October 6th, 2017, multiple riders were injured when a Ferris Wheel car flipped over. A full investigation is being undertaken to determine who was at fault for the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured at an amusement park, or at fair, or at a carnival, determining how to proceed can be difficult. Even figuring out who is responsible for the ride can seem an insurmountable problem. Please, retain an experienced attorney who will know how to proceed in building your case and ensuring you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.