A roller coaster accident at Daytona Beach’s boardwalk left several people injured with at least two people falling from the ride.
According to ABC News, at least two people were thrown from the roller coaster as it became partially derailed from the tracks, falling 34 feet to the ground below.
Upon arriving to the chaotic scene, first responders found the front car of the Sandblaster roller coaster completely off the track and dangling with its front end towards the ground. The two passengers who were ejected from the ride were determined to be “Trauma Alerts” and were rushed to the hospital.
Another two riders remained in the derailed front car and six other passengers were contained in the middle and rear cars. The riders were kept in place by seatbelts until all eight passengers could be safety extricated from the ride.
Six of the 10 riders have been hospitalized; however, the condition of the passengers and the extent of their injuries were not immediately available.
The accident remains under investigation.
Last year, a report in the Huffington Post examined accident data from the country’s 400 million amusement parks. Their analysis concluded that of all ride types, roller coasters contributed to the highest number of amusement park injuries at 27.6 percent. In total, 47 people died on U.S. roller coasters between 1998 and 2012.
Other rides that are more commonly associated with amusement park fatalities include: Ferris wheels, gondolas, and cables rides (20.7 percent), water rides (15.3 percent), and spinning ridges (13.6 percent).
According to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (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 an amusement park, three types of law may apply – negligence, premises liability, and product liability law. A number of factors may be involved and a variety of responsible parties could be liable for your child’s injury. Thus, it is important that you seek immediate help from an experienced child injury attorney.
Amusement parks are intended to give families a fun, entertaining venue to have fun and relax. The last thing people should worry about when at an amusement park is their safety and the safety of their children. Regulation and oversight of fixed-site amusement parks can be lacking, which could lead to unsafe rides and experiences. If you or a loved one were injured while at an amusement park, contact Thomas J. Henry for a free case review.
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