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Amusement parks are the places where fun stays at its pinnacle. However, it won’t be wrong to say that theme and amusement parks are also the places where people are more prone to accidents than they are at other places of fun and entertainment, i.e., cinemas, theaters, etc.

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Santa Monica Pier. Carousel.

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There is just so much going on in these parks all the time that thinking of maintaining all safety standards seems far-fetched. Things can go wrong despite all the necessary safety measures taken by the authorities running these parks. And they still go wrong many times in a year.

Just like other personal injury cases, amusement park cases, personal injury, or "tort" lawyers handle theme park claims. But most experts recommend that you look for attorneys who have spent some years fighting such cases.

If you are a regular reader of newspapers or watch the news on television frequently, you must have seen information about common accidents that take place at the theme and amusement parks. And you might know even more if you are a regular goer of such places.

The burning question here is: “where are these folks injured at the parks, and how many cases get filed against these parks"?


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Roller-coaster accident on tape

If you are thinking of fighting a case that involves the casualty or injury of a person due to the negligence of the theme park staff and management, you must know that you are up against a giant.

The financial strength and access to higher authorities make theme park owners almost invincible in such cases. And this is the reason why most people shy away from suing them. Even worse is that most personal injury lawyers avoid such instances too. Somehow, they believe they can’t win cases against theme park owners because of their reach and relations.

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Knott's water ride

What’s The Problem In Fighting Theme Park Accidents? So Does That Mean You Have No Options?

Not at all! You still have your options, and the doors of opportunities to fight and win such cases are open for you. All you need to do is find the right people to fight your case.

Unfortunately, these right people are only a handful. There are a very few personal injury lawyers who would agree to fight cases that are against amusement parks and their owners.

  • Michael Ehline, the former US Marine, is that figure you can trust when it comes to such cases.
  • Michael Ehline is all about fighting for the right and fighting with persistence and perseverance.
  • If amusement park owners haven’t learned to bow down, Ehline hasn’t learned to back down.
  • He’s always ready and prepared to fight the cases of people who have lost their loved ones or suffered severe injuries due to the negligence at amusement park rides and premises.

He knows it’s hard to fight such cases, but impossible is nothing. Ehline doesn’t believe in words; he talks about actions. You will be glad to know that he’s already fought many similar cases. Also, he successfully managed to get the victims compensated whether they were local people or visitors from other countries.

Things Aren’t Quite Friendly Out There in these Recreational Parks?

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First responders in Venice Beach.

Indeed, the law and law regulatory bodies haven’t done much about the safety measures in amusement parks. Sadly, you won’t see a whole lot done to protect the people who are taking the thrilling and dangerous rides.

One reason is that fatal accidents are quite uncommon, but it doesn’t mean that the injuries are rare too. There is no strict guideline for the operators of these rides. You won’t generally know about the accidents that are taking place at the amusement parks because the operators are bound by no law to report these matters to any higher authorities.

What Are Some Places at Parks That Are Highly Prone To Accidents?

Theme parks, amusement parks, and water parks are the places where accidents are most frequent.

Here’s a list of places where these accidents and injuries take place daily:

  • Tahoe Amusement Park,
  • Sea World,
  • Belmont Park,
  • Fresno,
  • Adventure City,
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain,
  • Pixieland Park,
  • Rotary Storyland and Playland,
  • Wild Animal Park,
  • Scandia Amusement Park,
  • Children’s Fairyland,
  • Knotts Berry Farm,
  • Universal Studios,
  • Disneyland Resort,
  • Six Flags Waterworld,
  • The Island Water Park,
  • Antioch Water Park,
  • Mustang Water Slides,
  • Raging Waters, Crocodile Dundee's, etc.

What are Some Commonly Occurring Accident Types?

Some rides prove to be more prone to accidents than many other passages. Most of the casualties in the water parks take place on the slides with intense turns and twists.

Roller coaster rides and bumper cars are rides in amusement parks that see most of the accidents.

Here is a list of types of accidents that can take place at these amusement parks:

  • Dive coaster accidents
  • Roller coaster accidents
  • Bob-sled coaster accidents
  • Bumper car accidents
  • Ferris wheel accidents
  • Water slide accidents
  • Bungee jumping accidents
  • Go Kart accidents
  • Wall climbing accidents
  • Zipline accidents
  • Inflatable tubes and devices, accidents, etc.

These accidents can take place in many different ways.

Here are some common ways people suffer injuries while taking rides:

  • Hard Stops
  • Brake failures
  • Poor design
  • Rollovers
  • Gasoline fires
  • Structural failures
  • Falls from rides
  • Failure of safety equipment
  • Failure of restraint system
  • Defective parts of a ride
  • Collisions
  • Ride malfunctions
  • Snapping of cables
  • Inadequate supervision etc.

What To Do When An Accident Takes Place?

Of course, you have to contact an attorney as soon as an accident takes place. Also, only you know if the state of the accident is severe or not.

  • As mentioned above, you might have a hard time when you are looking for an attorney to fight a case against the management and authorities of an amusement park.

However, good options are never dead, and you can always reach the right place with a little more research than you usually do for small things. Sitting quiet and thinking that nothing can be done is most unwise in this and other similar situations.

The right and experienced lawyer will never back down from helping you in the hour of distress.

Boy’s Decapitation Death On Waterslide Highlights Theme Park Dangers?

The case of Caleb Schwab is one of the most tragic in recent memory. The 10-year-old was decapitated in 2016, riding a waterslide in Kansas. The Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City built the world's tallest waterslide. They also created an engineering nightmare and ignored critical engineering safeguards. A previously sealed indictment provides the information.

As the SF Gate reported, the case sends shockwaves across Kansas and theme parks in general.

The 170-foot ride, known as the Verruckt, caused young Caleb's death and more than another dozen injuries. The Kansas Attorney General's office is prosecuting the company and one of its former employees. Tyler Austin Miles, the former Director of Operations for the park, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, interference with law enforcement, and aggravated endangering a child.

Negligence, And Worse.

Perhaps most damning is the knowledge that the park officials knew the ride was unsafe. This negligence caused some critical failures leading to Caleb's death. Even after some injuries, the company left the journey open. The AG's office also alleges the company hid vital information.

Victims of the park are still open to compensation. In fact, severe errors also highlight common issues at other theme parks. Many other parks have similar histories. Furthermore, some parks do not correctly account for safety procedures and means of shutting down rides. In short, many of these parks put profit over their consumers.

Sound familiar? Contact Ehline Law immediately. Our firm specializes in similar cases. In fact, the Ehline Law Firm APLC is the top California theme park injury law office. We also represented related injury cases in multiple states. Our advice is free, and we visit anywhere in the country to consult. We are your shield. Let our experience work for your family.

Why Not Let Ehline Law Come To Your Rescue?

If you are reading this, you are already in the right place. Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC is the place where you will find relief. Most of all, our clients know this is the place where all personal injury cases get handled with diligence and extreme care.

Just give us a call, and we’ll be ready to provide you with your first free consultation on the matter. You can contact us at (213) 596-9642.