Premises Liability: The Basis of Lawsuits for Injuries and Death Occurring in Amusement Parks

Theme and amusement parks are always great destinations, particularly for people looking for thrills and adventure, and for people looking for a great way to bond with their family and friends. Parks simply offer the best attractions and never ending surprises, giving all visitors an experience not to be forgotten.

With the thrills and excitement, however, come risks of accidents, serious injuries and death too. In fact, every year, of the more than 300 million guests who flock to theme and amusement parks, about 7,000 necessitate medical treatment for injuries sustained in accidents. Deaths, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), number to 4 or 5. The most common causes of injuries and deaths are trip-and-fall accidents, slip-and-fall, operator negligence, poorly designed rides, ride malfunction or mechanical failure, improper behavior by other park guests, and failure of guest to observe safety instructions.

It appears that as time and technology progress, many theme and amusement park rides only become more and more dangerous, as if inviting risk of injury and death with arms wide open. According to the firm Williams Kherkher, because of the much higher risks, amusement park owners are charged with the much greater responsibility of making sure that all park visitors are safe and that the park itself presents no danger to anyone and that all the rides adhere to legally approved design and are subjected to regular inspection.

Due to the many injuries and a number of deaths in theme and amusement parks, premises liability lawsuits have been filed by victims or their families. A lawsuit may be filed against a park’s employees or owner, or against the manufacturer/designer of the ride involved in the accident.