Posted on May 31, 2011 in Personal Injury
The excitement of visiting a favorite amusement park can quickly vanish when tragedy strikes. Although theme parks have a responsibility to properly train park employees and adequately maintain park attractions, parents and care givers should take extra precautions to ensure a visit to a theme park is not just fun, but safe as well. Keep the following safety tips in mind when visiting one of California’s many amusement parks:
- Follow theme park policy and guidelines. Age limitations, medical condition restrictions, and height and weight limitations should be followed when visiting a theme park. Park policy and guidelines are established for the safety of the guests.
- Observe a ride with your child first. Help your child understand what they will be experiencing on the ride. Describe any swings, dips, turns or drops in the ride and answer any questions your child may have about the ride.
- Ride with your child. Riding with your child gives you the opportunity to monitor behavior. You can remind your child to follow all safety guidelines and also make sure safety restraints are kept in place.
- Don’t force a child to board a ride. If your child is frightened by a ride, don’t make them board the ride. A frightened child may attempt to get off the ride or move erratically while the ride is in motion.
- Don’t let another child watch a child. Young children should never be left alone to supervise another child. Young children are not always capable of protecting another child from harm.
- Establish a meeting place. In the event you were to get separated from your child, establish a central meeting place for each area of a park. Show your child the various meeting places and make sure they know what a park employee looks like.
Helping the Injured
Despite the best intentions, amusement park accidents still occur. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 8,800 people were injured on amusement park rides in 2006. Children between the ages of ten and 14 sustained the most injuries out of any age group. Examples of amusement park injuries include head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, traumatic brain injury, broken bone injuries, joint injuries and lacerations.
A qualified northern California amusement park lawyer will put forth every available resource to get injured victims compensation for medical expenses, wages lost while caring for the injured, physical pain, mental anguish and any other cost associated with the accident and resulting injury. Contact a northern California personal injury attorney today for a free case evaluation.