Tips for Avoiding a Florida Amusement Park Accident This Summer

by Carmen Dellutri on July 27, 2011

Sarasota personal injury lawyerFlorida’s theme parks and local fairs are a great place to spend a summer day. However, they can also be the location of a serious, or even fatal, child injury. Just this spring, a 3-year-old Illinois boy died of massive head injuries after falling off a children’s roller coaster.

If your summer plans include a trip to a Florida amusement park, we urge you to keep the following safety tips in mind (source: the Safety Report):

  • Be aware of the safety equipment limitations. Ride manufacturers provide seat belts, lap bars, and other safety equipment to reduce the risk of injury. However, as referenced above, many safety devices used on children’s amusement rides aren’t designed to keep young children in their seats. Thus, do not rely on lap bars and seat belts to restrain children. After close observation, use common sense judgment to determine if the ride is safe for your kids. If you have any doubt, skip the ride.
  • Discuss the ride with your child before boarding. Read the warning signs, if any, out loud to your child and discuss each warning. Advise your child that while the ride may stop, he or she should not attempt to get off the ride until the ride attendant says it is safe. Explain to your child that if the ride gets scary, he or she should not attempt to get off the ride no matter what. Explain that amusement rides might seem scary, but they are safe as long as the riders stay seated, keep their hands and feet inside, and hold on tight with both hands.
  • Always obey minimum height, age, weight, and health restrictions. If your child does not meet the necessary requirements, do not attempt to sneak them on the ride. The requirements are there for a reason—safety. Ride manufacturers’ restrictions are supposed to take into account the forces exerted by the ride and the intellectual maturity required to ride safely. A child who does not meet the ride requirements may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
  • Follow any special instructions about seating order or loading. Spinning rides sometimes require that smaller riders sit on the inside (closest to the center pole) to avoid being squished by bigger riders as the centrifugal force increases. Thus, the amusement ride attendant should position small children away from open sides for safety reasons. If you decide to ignore explicit instructions or reposition riders after the operator has seated your party, you may be endangering your children.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida amusement park accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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