How Safe Are Amusement Park Rides?

Maryland Park Ride Injury Lawyer

In mid-April, 2017, 24 people experienced a lot more excitement than they bargained for when their roller coaster at Six Flags America in Maryland’s Prince George’s County froze in midair. The Joker’s Jinx ride stopped at around 6 p.m. that day, leaving two dozen persons stranded for over three hours. Children as young as 6 years old were hovering 80 feet above the ground at a 30-degree angle. A hydraulic crane was needed for firefighters to remove riders one by one. Imagine being a parent waiting on the ground, not knowing whether your child would come down safely. Imagine being a terrified child waiting to be rescued, tilted at an alarming angle. Then consider one last bit of information: the same thing happened on the same ride at the same park not quite three years ago, in August, 2014. On that blisteringly hot day, it took four hours to remove all the riders. We are thankful that no one was injured during the most recent amusement park ride malfunction in Maryland. Not Harmless Fun Serious injuries or deaths from amusement park rides are supposedly rare. Statistics claim that you are over 20 times more likely to be hit by a[…..]

Amusement Park Accidents Aren’t Amusing

Roller Coaster

On Sunday, August 10, two dozen roller coaster fans got more than they bargained for at Six Flags America, 30 miles southwest of Baltimore. They had purchased tickets to ride the Joker’s Jinx, a roller coaster that propels riders from zero to 60 mph in a little more than three seconds. But a computerized system stopped the ride while some were almost at its highest point, nearly 80 feet in the air. The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS worked for four hours to rescue the riders, using a tower ladder and rescue bucket. Fortunately, no one was injured in this amusement park incident. Earlier this summer, on July 7, a tree branch fell on the tracks at Six Flags Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles, derailing the Ninja roller coaster, leaving it dangling and stranding occupants for hours. Four passengers were injured. Last summer, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington shut down its Texas Giant roller coaster after a woman was thrown from her seat and plunged to her death. Do these incidents mean you’re taking an unreasonable risk if you take your family to an amusement park? No, but there is a risk. In 2012, 30,342 people visited[…..]

Ocean City Roller Coaster Accident Injures Three Children

Three children were hospitalized after an electrical malfunction on a popular Maryland roller coaster on Thursday, July 22, according to an article on ABC2News.com. The Tidal Wave Roller Coaster, the most popular ride at Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, malfunctioned around 10 p.m. The coaster made a loud popping sound and sent debris flying, which struck three children waiting in line for the ride. The children suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital. Trimper’s, which has been in business for 120 years, had a good safety record prior to the accident. Trimper’s has hired engineers from Holland to examine the coaster. The Tidal Wave is closed and is expected to remain closed for several weeks. Trimper’s remains open. Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by amusement park rides. These injuries range from very minor to very serious injuries or death. Statistics show that the majority of these injuries are to those under age 18. The most common types of injuries caused by amusement park rides are scrapes, body pain from the motion of the ride, and strikes to the body. While you and your family are visiting amusement parks this summer, be alert. Check out the safety[…..]