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Are Rollercoasters Dangerous?

Are Rollercoasters Dangerous?

Rollercoasters are more dangerous than many people think. However, there are not many statistics or records that contain this information. Oversight organizations, such as the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, do not track the fatalities caused by amusement park rides. However, in 2013, data shows that nearly 4,400 children sustained different types of injuries due to rollercoasters and other rides.

Below is a list of the most common types of injuries from rollercoaster rides.

  • Whiplash
  • Head, neck, and back injuries from bumpy rides
  • Stroke from trauma to neck ligaments
  • Traumatic brain injuries caused by G-forces or stresses from rapid speeds
  • Lacerations and broken bones
  • Brain aneurysms

Currently, there is not a safety commission group or oversight board in charge of amusement park ride maintenance. Additionally, there are no strictly implemented standards that monitor the data collection of injuries or ridership caused by these rides since 2013. Instead, states and local laws mandate regulations which oversee the safety and standards of such rides. As of now, no federal standards or laws exist.

One man, from the Ohio Center for Injury Research and Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital, expressed his concerns on the matter. After one serious incident occurred in Texas, where a woman fell to her death from a rollercoaster located at Six Flags, the man stated that it is unacceptable that there is minimal safety oversight on amusement parks and the rides within these grounds. He continued to explain that many of these accidents, especially the minor ones, go unmonitored and unaddressed.

The Daspit Law Firm May Be Able to Help

Rollercoaster injuries can be serious. In many cases, side effects from such injuries persist over long amounts of time. If you have suffered harm due to an amusement park ride, contact the Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Daspit Law Firm today. We can work hard to ensure you recover the financial compensation you deserve. When your health is on the line, you cannot afford to wait.

Contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys from our firm today, and let us fight for you!