• How Safe Are Amusement Park Rides?
  • July 24, 2017
  • Tragedy was avoided at an amusement park in upstate New York recently when a girl toppled out of an elevated ride, and was left dangling 25 feet in the air. Although the girl fell, a Good Samaritan was there to catch her, probably saving her life. The man who saved the girl was treated for minor injuries, while the girl was hospitalized briefly for non-life-threatening injuries – but it could have been so much worse.

    In Australia late last year, four people were fatally injured at an amusement park when a raft ride malfunctioned. In Australia rides are subject to federal oversight; in America, they are not. In fact, each state is free to oversee rides as they choose, and in some cases there is very little done to ensure ride safety. Less than a year ago two women were injured and a young boy lost his life at a water park in Kansas.

    Even when rides are designed and maintained according to high standards, there is always the element of human error that can create the potential for tragedy, and there may not be any obvious sign of possible danger.

    Although amusement park rides are generally safe and the risk of a serious injury is low, it can happen. When accidents occur, victims can lose their lives or be faced with lifelong consequences.

    If you or someone you love has faced a tragedy or a life-altering injury, call the New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.