Every year, tens of millions of children and their families come from around the world and the United States to visit Florida and its many amusement and theme parks, such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando, and Circus World. In just the city of Orlando alone, there are more than 95 theme parks and tourist sites.
If you or your child is seriously injured while riding an amusement park ride in Florida, you need to hire a our personal injury law firm that knows how to properly investigate and handle theme park accidents so that you can receive the maximum recovery for your injuries or your loved one’s tragic and wrongful death.
Amusement Park Rides and Injuries
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the number of people that are seriously injured on amusement park rides is rising every year. As technology grows more sophisticated and the demand for greater excitement increases, thrill rides such as roller coasters, Ferris wheels, drop tower rides, water rides, and other thrill rides are becoming faster and more dangerous in an attempt to push the limits of gravity and attract more riders.
Severed limbs, spinal cord injuries, fall injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, psychological and emotional trauma, and wrongful death are just some of the more serious injuries that can result during an amusement park ride accident.
The “Roller Coaster Loophole”
A “loophole” added to the Consumer Product Safety Act in 1981 exempts federal safety investigators from examining roller coaster accidents if the roller coaster is permanently attached to the ground. This means that all amusement parks that are located at “fixed sites” are only subject to state and municipal regulations.