Florida has some of the most visited amusement parks in the nation, with rides designed to give thrill-seekers the time of their life.
But while roller coasters, water slides and other amusement rides can produce a rush of exhilaration, they can also cause serious injuries and even fatal injuries in some instances. Operators of amusement parks have a legal responsibility to maintain rides in safe operating condition to protect consumers from injury.
The National Safety Council reports that 315 million people visited some 357 fixed-site amusement parks nationwide in 2013. There were a total of 1,221 ride-related injuries, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
When mobile rides such as carnival swings, roller coasters, moon walks, water slides and other events are taken into account, the number of injuries increases dramatically.
Amusement attraction injuries treated at emergency departments rose by about 45 percent over one five-year reporting period, increasing to 43,846 in 2012, including inflatable attractions such as water slides and rides at shopping malls. The estimated number of injuries dipped back to 40,901 in 2014, according to figures from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The number of people who were killed from amusement ride injuries jumped to 1,201 in 2014 from 713 in 2008.
With inflatable rides such as the moon walk and bounce houses becoming popular at elementary school field days, carnivals and other events, the number of injuries related to those contraptions has increased in the last decade.
Moonwalkandmore.com urges people to follow these rules:
Amusement parks and carnivals can create some lasting memories for families. But in our zeal to have fun, it is important to stay focused on safety to prevent injuries.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured at a Florida amusement park or in an inflatable bounce house, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for medical bills and other expenses. Contact an attorney experienced with handling these types of cases to make sure you receive the award you deserve to cover expenses and injuries.