Amusement park accidents have gained national media attention over the last several months. In early August, a Kansas City boy died while going down a waterslide. A week later, three children were ejected from a Ferris wheel in Tennessee, one of whom suffered a severe brain injury. Most recently, six children suffered from an electric shock delivered by a ride in Connecticut.
In other words, there have been multiple amusement park accidents in a very short period of time, and children appear to be the primary victims. Many press outlets are claiming that a lack of oversight and inspections might be to blame for these recent accidents. Despite recent media attention, accidents like the examples we have described happen every year.
How Do Amusement Park Inspections Work?
Depending on which state the amusement park resides in, inspections can be annual or semi-annual and carried out by various agencies. In a few states, an inspector may decide when inspections will take place. Six states don’t even have oversight.
The Colorado Department of Labor oversees amusement park safety in our state. In 2010, when 15 people were injured at Tiny Town in Morrison, the department was the agency responsible for investigating the accident.
Do Colorado Amusement Park Accident Victims Have Legal Options?
Amusement park injuries are common. Statistics released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) show that there were 37,300 people hospitalized last year from rides at theme parks across the country. In addition, there have been 25 fatal amusement park accidents since 2010.
Colorado patrons who suffer injuries may have legal options when amusement parks fail to provide reasonable care. Family members may have options after fatal accidents. Amusement parks have a duty to carry out regular inspections, maintenance and to ensure their properties are safe for use.