As one of the largest tourist and entertainment capitals, Southern California, is home to some of the most heavyweight amusement parks, including Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Disneyland. When vacationers visit these theme parks their intention is to create many shared memories with family and friends
However, no one expects one of these memories to be of an injury. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the amount of amusement park injuries has doubled in the year 2000, reaching about 7,260 injuries. When injured in a premises liability case, West Coast Trial Lawyers is here to defend you against intimidating corporations who may try to weaken your insurance settlement. We are always here to answer any questions you may have about premises liability claims.
- July 20th, 2019, a woman was found dead at Cobb Estate, a property just north of Pasadena often used as a “haunted woods” theme park attraction. Detectives suggest the death was an accident.
- 10 people were injured in a Disneyland roller coaster ride. A single man died and the rest were taken to the University of California Irvine Medical Center to recover.
The property owner usually bears a responsibility to his or her customers by providing a reasonably safe and controlled environment. If it is found that an amusement park did not act with reasonable care, then they can be held liable for the injuries they caused.
An example of this would be an injury caused by a piece of rusted equipment, or an amusement park worker forgetting to check a rider’s seat belt. Since the employers are responsible for the actions of their workers, liability would likely fall on the park itself. The park is also responsible for teaching their employees to give customers proper warnings, check height requirements, and inform about the risks. In addition, most theme parks reinforce their safety policies by adding visible signage.
However, even when accidents do happen, fault can sometimes be hard to find.
Such as the 2019 case where a family of 3 were all injured at the California theme park, Castle Park, following an overturned log. Castle Park released the following statement: “Safety is our number one priority and we have begun conducting a full investigation. At approximately 4:30 pm, an incident occurred on the Log Ride at Castle Park. Three guests were injured. One was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation and has not yet been determined. California Dept. of Safety and Health will conduct a thorough investigation of the cause."
After an inspection, however, Castle Park announced that there was nothing wrong with the ride itself.