Hundreds of millions of Americans visit amusement parks every year as a fun, family friendly source of entertainment. Because of the inherent danger involved with some of the most popular amusement park attractions, such as roller coasters, safety is the amusement park industry's number one priority. Amusement parks are dedicated to safety from the very initial planning stages of rides, to building the rides, to operating the rides, and to regularly maintaining the rides. Operators and manufacturers work in close proximity to provide a thrilling, but reliably safe experience for patrons. In fact, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) boasts that amusement parks are the safest form of family entertainment available. In spite of all of these safety measures and precautions, accidents and injuries do happen at amusement parks. If you are injured while visiting an amusement park, call a Tyrone accident attorney today to see if you have a personal injury claim.
According to the National Safety Council and the IAAPA, an estimated 297 million Americans visited amusement parks in 2011 and took approximately 1.7 billion safe rides. Of those millions of patrons, only 1,415 injuries were reported and of those injuries, only 61 people had injuries serious enough to require overnight hospitalization. Based on these statistics, the chance of being seriously injured in an amusement park accident is an estimated 1 in 24 million. These are very low odds, and should instill confidence in amusement park patrons in the safety of the rides for themselves and their families.
Most accidents that do happen occur not as a result of not the design or build of the rides themselves, but as a result of:
- negligence on the part of the ride operator
- a generic event, such as a slip and fall
- an act of God, such as lightning.
However, accidents are possible, so always pay attention to whether the ride operator seems to be doing their job correctly and if weather of other adverse conditions may exist. Finally, in the rare case that you are involved in an accident at an amusement park, contact a Tyrone personal injury attorney to get reimbursed for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for help today.