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Amusement Park Injuries in Florida

By Smith & Stallworth  Jan. 26, 2011 5:10p

Seven out of ten of the most popular amusement parks are in Florida including Disney World and Universal Studios. Many of the rides in amusement parks operate at high speeds and when accidents occur, injuries can be serious.

Most Common Causes for Accidents

The most common causes for accidents in amusement parks are due to the following:

  • Employee mistakes
  • Mechanical malfunctions on rides
  • Various property hazards
  • Lack of caution on the part of visitors

Ride malfunctions pose the most serious problems in terms of injury but more often than not, employee mistakes are the more common cause of accidents resulting from carelessness, lack of proper training or sheer negligence. As an example, if debris on the park grounds is not kept clean, people can trip and fall or not properly securing a seat belt on a child can lead to an accident.

Example of Accident in California

Not long ago, a roller coaster accident occurred at the Great American Theme Park in Santa Clara, California .Two life chains broke leaving the riders stranded and dangling 40 to 80 feet in the air. The fire department came to rescue the stranded passengers which took over four hours in 95 degree heat. An investigation was conducted by the California Occupational and Safety Health Administration. In this accident, no one was injured, but there are many other similar accidents that have occurred with ride malfunctions around the country where the passengers were not so lucky.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an amusement park accident in the Tampa or surrounding area due to property negligence or some hazardous condition, you need to contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer who can help. At the Law Offices of Smith & Stallworth, we are experienced and dedicated to helping victims win compensation if they have been injured. Amusement parks should be held responsible if they are not properly protecting the public from accidents that arise out of negligence, misconduct, defective equipment or products.

Contact a Tampa Personal Injury Attorney at the firm today for a free case evaluation.

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