People all across North Carolina attend amusement parks, fairs and carnivals throughout the summer. These trips can be fun and exciting, but too often, accidents happen and people are put in danger because of unsafe practices and negligence on the premises. If and when these accidents happen, it is crucial that the parties responsible for the incident are properly identified. Not only could this help victims pursue a premises liability lawsuit for the compensation they may deserve, but it may also be a way of identifying a larger problem.
Recently, people may have read about the woman who was killed in an accident on a roller coaster at a Six Flags park in another state. An investigation into the accident has been launched, which may end up uncovering safety hazards that may be in place in other amusement parks across the country.
The woman had just been seated in the roller coaster when she expressed a concern to the ride employee. Witnesses say that they heard her say that the lap bar meant to secure riders had only clicked one time. The worker assured her that she would be fine and the roller coaster started up. After a steep incline, the cars dropped down and the woman came out of her seat. She fell out of her seat and was killed as a result of the catastrophic event.
These accidents do not happen often, but they do happen. Sometimes they occur when park equipment is not properly maintained and other times it is a because of poor safety procedures and training of employees. No matter the cause, amusement park accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. Property owners and maintenance companies have a responsibility to make sure that a property is safe and that people are warned of any hazards that might be in place. If they fail to do this, they can be held liable for any injuries or fatalities that occur as a result of that negligence.
Source: ABC News, "Six Flags Roller Coaster Accident Witness Says Victim Questioned Whether She Was Secured," Clayton Sandell, July 22, 2013