With summer approaching, many families are planning vacations at popular theme parks, either in Texas or around the country. Millions of people visit Texas theme parks every year looking for fun and recreation. Unfortunately, a small percentage of these visitors also find themselves involved in theme park accidents resulting in death or significant injury.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), which regulates theme park rides, reported 127 injury accidents at Texas theme parks in 2015, an increase of 15% over 2014. Those most vulnerable to theme park injuries were between 10-19 years of age. The most commonly injured areas were the head, shoulder, back, neck, ankle and lower back.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the most common causes of theme park injury or death are mechanical failure of a ride, improper operation of a ride, inherent nature of the ride, or visitor misuse and failure to follow instructions. The two most common legal claims for theme park accidents are for negligence or product liability.
A legal claim may be filed against the theme park itself if someone has been injured because of negligence. These claims may be for failure to train employees properly, failure to maintain equipment, failure to properly operate a ride, failure to post proper warning signs, and failure to properly inspect equipment.
A legal claim may be filed for product liability if there are structural or design defects in the ride, which has caused an injury to occur. If a ride — or part of a ride — is found to be defective, and that defect caused an injury, a legal claim can be made against the manufacturer or designer of the ride.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of a theme park accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.