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Amusement Park Injuries

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Amusement parks are a favorite form of family entertainment in California. Millions of people from all over the country come to California every year specifically to visit amusement parks. Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, and Disneyland are some of the most popular amusement parks in California.


California amusement parks gross approximately $20 billion each year. As a result, there is an incentive for each individual amusement park to draw as many tourists as possible.


Despite safety protocols and precautions, amusement park injuries and accidents unfortunately still occur. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), emergency room visits from amusement park injuries have risen almost 87 percent in the last five years.

CPSC investigations into these injuries concluded that there are several factors involved in causing these injuries. These factors are: operator behavior, consumer behavior, mechanical failure and design limitations and defects. Depending on the reason for your injury, you may or may not have a claim against the amusement park. The different liability standards are discussed below.

The Business Side of Amusement Parks

Many modern amusement parks have rides, such as roller coasters, which are designed to scare and thrill riders. The theme parks accomplish this design goal with lighting, speed, and G-Forces. Because of the competition to bring in tourists and revenue, parks are constantly pushing the boundaries of what these rides can safely do.

Sadly, in the rush to get new rides running, some are not fully tested for safety before they go into mass operation. The result can be neck and spinal injuries, brain injuries and amputations. Most amusement park injuries are, tragically, very serious and can be life-changing for those who experience them.

In addition to roller coasters, many other California amusement park rides exert extreme forces on their riders. Many of today's rides can travel over 60 miles per hour. A slight safety oversight can thus cause serious injuries like those listed above. In addition, since all people are built differently, not everyone's body fits well into the standard safety restraints. If amusement parks do not adequately explain who the safety restraints are meant to protect, they can be held liable for resulting injuries.

If an injury occurs at an amusement park in California, there are three different types of liability that may be involved. These are:

  • Product liability law
  • Tort and negligence law
  • Premises liability law

Each of these kinds of law poses its own complications to legal recovery. Because of the severity of the injuries you may suffer in an amusement park accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your case.