Even though roller coasters are thrilling, exciting and extremely fun, a roller coaster is one of the most dangerous rides at an amusement park. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), thousands of riders are treated in emergency rooms (ER's) each year throughout the United States due to amusement park accidents and roller coaster ride injuries.
Because roller coasters differ in speed, intensity, height, size, and G-force certain riders may be at risk for developing brain hemorrhages, paraplegia, quadriplegia, traumatic brain injuries, carotid or vertebral artery dissections, neck and back injuries, strokes or even death. Children can be at most risk of injury on a roller coaster ride because the gravity pull on a rider's body can reach a G-force of 4 or 5 G's if the coaster is moving at a speed of about 100 miles per hour. At that level of speed and force, accident investigators and researchers have found a connection in between the force, and brain hemorrhages or traumatic brain injuries. The mechanism of injury is similar to the brain damage that can occur in Shaken Baby Syndrome. You wouldn't shake your child to death, but an improperly designed or padded roller coaster might.
Some of the causes of roller coaster accidents or injuries are due to faulty harnesses or safety belts, improper height or weight requirements, design defects, corroded or rusted parts, improper padding, faulty brakes, loose tracks, negligent maintenance, car derailment, broken cars, operator negligence, improper operator training, operating in bad weather or high winds, or flying debris such as shoes, broken off ride parts or anything else can be thrown airborne and propelled at a fast speed.
If you or a loved one was injured or killed while riding a roller coaster the first thing you want to do is NOT sign any waiver or release paper produced by the amusement park until you speak with an experienced amusement park ride injury lawyer. You then would want to contact a law firm that is experienced in amusement park ride accidents.
Here at the Philadelphia Beasley Law Firm, we stand proud as being a nationally recognized personal injury law firm where many high ranking officials, politicians, judges, television personalities, lawyers, high profile cases, and doctors have turned to when faced with, product liability, premises liability, or a wrongful death in areas surrounding Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. Our top rated AVVO attorneys have over $2 billion awarded on behalf of injured individuals. If you or a loved one has suffered due to an amusement park accident or roller coaster ride, please feel free to speak with an experienced member of our amusement ride injury team at (215) 866-2424, or online, for a strictly confidential and free consultation. With us, you will not pay any attorney fees or money unless we are able to obtain a verdict or settlement on your behalf.