Florida Personal Injury Prevention: Stricter Amusement Park Regulations May be on the Horizon

by Carmen Dellutri on August 4, 2011

Sarasota personal injury attorneyAs many readers may be aware, an Iraq war veteran who lost both legs to a roadside bomb died after falling from a 208-foot-tall roller coaster at a theme park outside Buffalo, N.Y. earlier this month. This terrible amusement park accident has lead to greater scrutiny of the industry and renewed calls for stricter regulations.

There are currently no federal regulations governing amusement park rides. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) oversees the safety of carnival rides transported from place to place, a loophole in the law prohibits the CPSC from overseeing the safety of rides that are permanently located at amusement parks.

In Florida, the state’s Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection examines amusement parks at least twice a year. Large theme parks, however, such as Busch Gardens and Walt Disney World, are visited but not inspected under an exemption in the law.

This means many parks create and enforce their own rules. While most parks have policies and procedures in place to inspect rides and prevent amusement park accidents, many safety experts are not convinced that the amusement parks should police themselves.

In the wake of the most recent tragedy, a Massachusetts congressman has announced that he is planning to reintroduce legislation that would require the CPSC to inspect the country's 400 "fixed site" amusement parks.

Rep. Markey’s legislation would restore the authority of the CPSC to investigate accidents at amusement parks so that the causes of accidents on these rides can be determined, information can be shared with operators of the same rides in other states before accidents occur, and the CPSC can compile comprehensive safety information to inform consumers.

In the meantime, please read our blog post on child safety at amusement parks.

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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