Amusement parks can be a great way to spend time with your young children. However, the park staff must ensure that they are following age, height, and other requirements to protect your child from harm. Sadly, these restrictions are not always followed.
Amusement Park Accident Statistics
The National Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 270 million people visit American amusement parks each year. An average of 7,000 of these people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries they sustained in amusement ride accidents.
- In 2002, mobile amusement rides accounted for an estimated 3,000 non-occupational injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms.
- In 2000, there were an estimated 10,580 emergency room-treated injuries associated with both fixed-site and mobile amusement rides. From 1993 through 2000, there was a statistically significant increase in the total number of amusement ride injuries.
- Most injuries occurred to children 10-14 years old (17.9%), with children 5-9 (12.6%) and 15-19 years old (13.8%) next, but with many victims 0-4 years old (6.3%).
- Females (60.8%) were injured about 1.5 times more often than males (39.2%), and this difference held across ride sites, age groups, injured body parts, and diagnoses.
Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
According to CPSC reports, the most common causes of amusement park accidents include mechanical failures, operator behavior, and consumer behavior.
If your child has been injured at a amusement park, three types of law will apply – negligence, premises liability, and product liability law. Due to the various people who could be liable for your child’s injury, it is important that you seek immediate help from an experienced child injury attorney.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.
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