How To Prevent Amusement Park Injuries
There are numerous amusement parks, water parks, fairs, festivals and other fun attractions in the Pittsburgh, PA area. While these attractions are fun for residents and tourists alike, they can also be dangerous if not properly maintained.
We have all heard scary stories of individuals injured or even killed while visiting an amusement park. We all believe that these stories are “freak accidents” that could never happen to us. However, according to a study by Clinical Pediatrics, more than 4,400 children across the country are injured at amusement parks each year. The study is based upon 20 years of data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The most common type of injury incurred at amusement parks are head and neck injuries, while falling in, on, off or against a rollercoaster or other ride was the most common cause of injury. Other frequent injuries include sprains, strains, broken bones and concussions.
What can parents do to protect their children at amusement parks? Below are a few tips that may help:
- Parents should trust their instincts about the ride. If you believe it is too dangerous or frightening for your child, pass on it. You don’t want to risk your child trying to jump off of it.
- Look at the ride to see if it looks poorly maintained or if it appears to be well-kept.
- Examine the operator of the ride to see if they are impaired or inattentive while children on entering, exiting or riding the rollercoaster.
- Check the safety equipment for yourself and your children. Pull, tug, lift or do whatever you can to test it before the ride begins.
- Assist your children when they are getting on or off a ride.
If you, your child or other loved one is injured while visiting an amusement park or water park in the Pittsburgh area, the personal injury attorneys at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC will fight to recover the compensation you deserve.