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Georgia Theme Park Safety Given Recent Fatal Waterpark Accident

September 17, 2016

Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Theme Park Safety Given Recent Fatal Waterpark Accident

Families flow into Wild Adventures, Six Flags Over Georgia, Adventure Crossing, Fun Junction USA, and other Georgia theme parks and water parks every day. Although a sense of apprehension might be in the back of the minds of guests contemplating flying down a waterslide at breakneck speeds or the G-Force of a terrifying rollercoaster, most guests probably assume that the park attractions and premises are safe.

Boy Dies in Accident on Waterslide That Failed Multiple Safety Inspections

A recent tragic accident made national news when the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab sadly died while riding a 168-foot-high water slide. According to media reports, riders reach seventy miles per hour when traveling down the slide. The attraction opened in 2014 after delays stemming from multiple failed safety tests. While news reports indicate that it is still unclear whether the boy was injured on the slide or during a fall from the top, the ride is closed so that the incident can be investigated.

Lack of Federal Safety Standards and Regulations Increases Risk of Amusement Park Accidents

Accidents that result in injuries in amusement and water parks are not uncommon because no federal safety standards or regulations exist that mandate investigation of rides and attractions at such parks. Temporary rides like those at fairs and carnivals are subject to inspection by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Established amusement parks like Wild Adventures and Six Flags, with permanent rides, such as water slides and roller coasters, are exempt from federal oversight and inspections. The amusement park industry negotiated this arrangement in exchange for agreeing to report injuries experienced on rides that result in hospitalization for at least 24 hours.

The volume of patrons to amusement parks increases the odds that injuries will occur when prudent safety practices are not implemented. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) reports that 355 million people visit Amusement parks in the U.S. each year, which includes 83 million visitors to water parks. These amusement park facilities were the site of 1,150 accidents on rides during the most recent year for which data is available.

Regulations for inspections and oversight of theme parks are left up to state and local governments, so the standards vary dramatically from state to state. Georgia amusement parks are regulated by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, and government officials conduct inspections of rides and investigations of ride accidents. Some states have no state regulatory agency that oversees the safety of amusement parks, and inspections are limited to electrical issues.

Data Suggests Water Parks Might Be More Dangerous Than Theme Parks

While all amusement parks pose a risk of accidents, some data suggests that water parks are particularly dangerous. A 2014 analysis of data from one state indicated that twenty percent of the 552 reported amusement park accidents in the state over a five-year period involved waterslides, which exceeded the number of reported accidents involving roller coasters and go-carts.

When you or a loved one suffers an injury on the premises of a theme park or water park, the owner of the premises may be liable for resulting injuries. Amusement park operators have a duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of their guests. When accidents occur because of the failure to conduct adequate maintenance of rides, the park owner can potentially be liable for injuries caused by attractions that are not maintained in safe operating condition.

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