One of the many benefits of living in New Jersey is the abundance of nearby amusement parks and waterparks. Whether it's a theme park or wild rides on a pier, our state has it all for summertime fun.
You expect to come home after your adventure with lots of memories and maybe a little sunburn. But, unfortunately, enjoying amusement park rides and waterpark attractions comes with some risk of injury.
In the U.S., 335 million visitors enjoy fixed-site amusement and theme parks every year while water parks draw another 85 million visitors (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions). And a recent study found that in the ten years ending in 2010, more than 90,000 children under age 18 were treated in emergency rooms for amusement ride-related injuries.
Rides are designed to thrill riders with excessive speed, acceleration and sudden stops. The rider's knees, heads, elbows and other body areas often come in contact with vehicle interiors, straps and seatbelts. The result can be minor or more serious injuries such as fractures, bruises and strains. Whiplash-like symptoms are also common just like those experienced in a car accident.
What Causes Amusement Park Accidents?
Some accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the park owner, manager or operator including:
- Ride malfunction
- Safety restraint breakdown
- Missing or inadequate safety warnings
- Operator error or negligence
- Poor maintenance
Roughhousing or weather conditions can also cause accidents.
With no federal oversight of fixed-site amusement park safety standards, each state is responsible for equipment standards and inspections.
New Jersey has comprehensive oversight of amusement and waterpark attractions. Manufacturers must have their ride or device reviewed and certified by state engineers before operating it in our state. State officials inspect rides each year as well as random inspections during the season.
Enjoy a Safe Outing at Amusement Parks and Waterparks
Take precautions to avoid accidents and injuries by following these safe-riding tips:
- Always obey posted height and weight rules. Observe the ride while operating and, if your instinct tells you that the ride will be too much for your child, pass it up.
- Keep everyone seated on the ride with heads, arms and legs inside the vehicle.
- Use lap bars and seat belts correctly.
- Follow operator instructions for boarding, standing up and exiting the ride.
- Stay away from alcohol - instead keep hydrated with water.
- Select a family meeting place that your children can find, and coach them to find a uniformed employee if they get lost.
Here are more amusement park safety tips.
Let Us Help if You Have Been Injured in an Amusement Park or Waterpark
If you or a family member has been injured at an amusement park or waterpark or by any other type of personal injury, or needs help with any employment discrimination or family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Essex County, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.