With summer here, it is a popular time for carnivals and fairs, and that
means carnival rides. So, what happens if you have an accident on one
of the rides? Who is at fault? Mobile carnival events have the same requirements
for safety as a fixed theme park. Fatalities are not common, but sometimes
injuries do occur.
Earlier this year, a
portion of a carousel collapsed at a carnival in Dundalk, Maryland. Fortunately, no one was injured in
the accident, but it could have had a much different outcome. In 2016, the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated there were close to 31,000 people who were seen in emergency
rooms that year for injuries sustained from theme park attractions.
What Kinds of Injuries are Common in Carnival Accidents?
While getting sick from bad food is certainly a risk, the bulk of injuries
received at a carnival involve the rides. Sometimes, a ride can malfunction
causing the ride to break down or come apart. People might be trapped
under or in the ride. This is why theme parks like Six Flags or Disneyland
have such stringent safety protocols and testing. Aside from the ride
collapsing, there are other potential malfunctions that could occur, like
brakes failing or a cable snapping.
If a ride comes apart, like the recent carousel incident in Dundalk, the
portion that breaks loose could strike a person when it is flying about.
Other times, people can get their limbs caught in the moving parts of
a ride. This is one of the reasons you hear ride attendants always warning
riders to keep their hands and arms inside the ride. If a rider is improperly
restrained, they could fly out of or get thrown around inside the ride
compartment, causing injuries.
Mild accidents might result in some soft tissue damage, scrapes, and lacerations,
etc. More severe accidents can result in head injuries, brain damage,
deep lacerations, amputations, or broken bones.
Determining Liability for a Carnival Accident
Determining liability for a carnival accident can be challenging. The culpable
parties can vary based on the circumstances. Perhaps the ride manufacturer
warned against operating this ride in certain weather conditions, but
the organizers ignored their guidelines. Maybe the rider did something
to cause the accident and did not follow the required safety protocols.
If the ride malfunctioned, the city or county where the carnival is being
held could be liable. If the event is on private property, and the premises
were not safe, the event organizer could be held liable, as well.
Retaining a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured on a carnival ride, you need a
skilled Maryland personal injury attorney. Because an accident resulting from a carnival ride could be a mix of
product defect, premises liability, and negligence, there is potential
for a complex case with multiple defendants. The team at the Law Office
of Robert R. Castro has years of experience in all areas of personal injury
litigation. Contact our office online or at 301-870-1200 to discuss your
claim and set up a consultation.