While not common, accidents and injuries do happen at amusement parks.
Two of the most common types of amusement park accident claims are negligence (premises liability) and
Examples of amusement park owner or employee negligence include:
- Failing to maintain equipment or park areas
- Failing to properly train ride operators
- Providing incorrect instructions to riders
- Posting signs that don’t adequately warn riders of the risks involved
- Failing to post clear warning signs communicating health risks (for example,
that patrons with heart conditions should abstain from a particular attraction)
Other amusement park accidents are caused by defective rides or components.
These accidents fall under product liability rather than negligence.
Examples of product liability include:
- Structural defects
- Design defects
If you or a family member has been injured, you may have the right to pursue
compensation for your losses. Because theme park owners aggressively defend
accusations of wrongdoing, it is very important to work with a lawyer
experienced in premises and product liability cases.
Popular Defenses to Amusement Park Lawsuits
Amusement parks employ a number of different defenses in an attempt to
deflect liability in a lawsuit. Most commonly, the amusement park may
try to claim that the injured person “assumed the risk” associated
with attending the park (i.e. the guest should have known that some of
the rides are dangerous and to “ride at their own risk.) Or, they
may point to disclaimers on park tickets which say that the ticketholder
agrees to hold the park blameless of any liability in the event of an
accident. Furthermore, they may try to claim that you, the guest, failed
to comply with the park’s safety rules and that your injury is your
own fault (for example, you allegedly failed to comply with weight, height,
or age requirements). These defenses are rarely successful in court.
Amusement Park Accident Lawyers in Detroit, MI
Goodman Acker P.C. is Michigan’s trusted source of representation
for a variety of personal injury cases, including amusement park accidents.
With several theme parks in Michigan, including Adventure Island, Michigan’s
Adventure, and more, it is important to know where to turn to if you or
a loved one is hurt in a preventable accident.
free consultation with Goodman Acker P.C. today by calling (248) 793-2010.