Millions of people visit California amusement parks each year. Amusement parks are one of the state’s largest sources of tourism. Vacationers come from all over the county and even from abroad to visit Southern California’s many popular theme parks, such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Universal Studios, Disney’s California Adventure, and Lego Land.
Amusement park accidents have been on the rise over the last few years, as park owners seek to attract more visitors by offer newer, faster, taller, and scarier rides. The competition among California amusement parks to provide the ultimate thrill ride has led to the creation of faster and riskier rollercoasters and theme rides. As the speed and g-forces increase, so does the risk of serious injury to the riders.
In California, the Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (“Cal-OSHA”) is one of the agencies in charge of regulating and inspecting amusement park rides. While safety measures and regulations exist to minimize the risks to the park visitors, hundreds of amusement park injuries still occur every year.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of the causes of these injuries include:
- Operator negligence
- Inadequate operator training
- Defective design
- Mechanical failure
- Improper maintenance
If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a serious accident, contact the California amusement park accident attorneys at B&D Law Group, APLC for a free consultation.
Helping You Navigate Myriad Legal Challenges
When it comes to prosecuting amusement park accident claims, there are often a number of legal challenges. Safety experts and investigators are needed to inspect the cause of the amusement park injury or accident. While the park may conduct an internal investigation, it is important for an injured claimant to obtain their own independent investigation of the accident. It is vital to hire an experienced California amusement park accident lawyer to investigate and prosecute your claim as soon as possible to ensure that vital evidence and investigation are preserved.
Just a few years ago, the California Supreme Court chimed in on amusement park liability cases. In Gomez v. Superior Court (Walt Disney Co.) (2005), they stated that a California amusement park could be held to the common carrier standard for accidents that occur on their rollercoasters and other amusement park rides. The decision upheld established California precedent and represents a small win for people injured as a result of an amusement park ride accident.
Handling County Fair & Local Carnival Accident Claims
While California’s large theme parks are a well-known source of accidents, many more accidents occur at county and local fairs and carnivals, many of which set up for a few days and are gone overnight. Traveling fairs and carnivals pose a special risk of accidents because the rides are repeatedly assembled and disassembled by carnival staff, many of whom do not have the proper training. The rides lack adequate safety inspections and some of the rides are old and built on outdated designs. Once the carnival or county fair has ended, the rollercoaster rides may be removed and vital evidence can disappear with them.
Fairs and carnivals also present another challenge for the prosecution of injury claims—locating the rollercoaster manufacturers and the carnival owners. Additionally, dealing with their insurance providers often requires special investigating skills.
At B&D Law Group, our experienced California carnival ride accident attorneys have a wealth of experience investigating these types of incidents. We work tirelessly in order to help you collect on your personal injury claim. Our experienced attorneys know how to search for assets, corporate owners, ride operators, and manufacturers in order to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Seeking Compensation for Your Serious Injuries
Victims of amusement park accidents are often dealing with severe, life-altering injuries. As such, they require substantial compensation to cover the cost of medical bills, lost income, and other damages.
Rollercoaster and theme park ride accidents can cause devastating injuries, including but not limited to:
Our experienced California amusement park accident lawyers can work to ensure that you get the recovery you and your loved ones are entitled to. If you have been involved in an accident or lost a loved one in a theme park accident, please contact our skilled lawyers for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Schedule your free case evaluation with one of our attorneys by calling (888) 563-4092.