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Recent Amusement Park Tragedy Sheds Light on a Real Problem

October 22, 2017

Recent Amusement Park Tragedy Sheds Light on a Real Problem Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains

Amusement park rides are a staple of childhood in America for many people.  Most children and adults have been to a state fair or an amusement park where they have been on rides.  Most people going to amusement parks and state fairs expect that the rides they are about to go on our safe.  After all, families want to enjoy an amusement park ride with a feeling that their safety is being considered first and foremost.  It may come as a surprise to many people that there is no standard method for regulating the inspection and safety of amusement park rides throughout the country.  As such, laws from state to state can be very different.

In Georgia, the Office of the Insurance and Safety Commissioner is the agency which governs the inspection and regulation of amusement park rides.  In other states, the Department of Labor or State Fire Marshalls may control the inspection and regulation process.  Many states are completely unregulated and do not require specific inspections of amusement park rides, which may be considered frightening and irresponsible to many people across the country. 

Recent Tragic Ohio Amusement Park Accident Raises Questions About Safety

An 18-year-old man and multiple others were injured when an amusement park ride at the Ohio State Fair went very wrong.  The ride, called the “Fire Ball,” unexpectedly broke apart, sending people flying in all directions.  Despite multiple inspections, this ride still failed and cost a young man his life, and numerous others to suffer serious injuries.  Additionally, just last year, a young boy fell to his death at a Kansas waterpark when his raft lifted off a water slide, the tallest in the world of its kind. The waterpark has since closed the water slide indefinitely.

Recent Amusement Park Accidents Signals the Need for Stricter Regulation

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that emergency rooms saw more than 36,000 amusement park ride-related injuries in 2016.  Many people may not have known just how many injuries are sustained on amusement park rides each year, and this only accounts for patients who sought treatment for their injuries.  The recent headlines about the Ohio and Kansas amusement park accidents have shed light on just how significant the problem is.  As such, many people are questioning the safety of amusement park rides and also hoping that standardized regulations and safety procedures are strengthened to help prevent similar tragic accidents in the future.

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