It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Florida is home to some
of the most popular theme parks and amusement attractions in the world.
People from all over come to Florida to enjoy the sunshine and spend time
visiting the area attractions. Amusement centers like Busch Gardens, Sea
World, Universal Studios and all the different Walt Disney World parks
provide ample opportunity for family fun to millions of people every year.
But this high volume of people moving in and out of these busy areas means
that the potential for accidents is high. Even with safety measures in
place, the sheer size and scope of the theme park operations means that
there will be
serious injuries. With so many people and so much machinery, the potential for negligence
on the part of the parks’ operators is great.
It is easy to imagine sustaining an injury from a thrill ride that has
malfunctioned, like a roller coaster going off the rails. Even when they
are operating correctly, there is still room for operator error. The potential
for harm from these mechanically complex attractions is evident from the
high number of warnings that amusement parks often post outside the entrance
to the rides. The
Orlando Sentinel recently released a list of the top five rides that have caused the highest
personal injury claim count:
- “The Black Hole” at Wet ‘n’ Wild
- “Mission: Space” at Disney’s Epcot Center
- “Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls” at Universal Studios
- The “Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster” at Hollywood Studios
- “Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rate Barges” at Universal
Studios Islands of Adventure
Aside from the potential danger of the thrill rides, amusement parks create
numerous potentials for negligence that can lead to a “slip and fall” type of injury. These types of cases account for almost half of all
personal injury lawsuits filed against amusement parks. These theme parks have a duty to ensure
that their business premises are safe for the public or for visitors.
The amusement park operators are negligent in this duty when they fail
to maintain walkways properly or if a hazard such as spilled liquid appears
but they fail to remove it or warn visitors of the danger.
If you were injured at an amusement park, you might be entitled to compensation
for your losses through a personal injury claim with the help of an accident
attorney. To make an effective and successful injury claim, you should
contact an injury lawyer to assess your case.