Water Parks and Amusement Parks Under Scrutiny
As the season of fun in the sun begins to wind down in Pennsylvania, we still need to keep in mind that there are serious dangers involved in many of the summertime fun activities we enjoy. Unfortunately, those activities come with potential imminent dangers that we typically do not consider when we head out for a day of excitement. Personal injuries that occur at water parks and amusement parks have ranged from slip and fall accidents to catastrophic amusement ride accidents.
Pennsylvania Amusement Parks and Water Parks
Pennsylvania has plenty of water parks and amusement parks for the entire family to enjoy, including:
- Hersheypark in Hershey, PA
- Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, PA
- Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, PA
- Sesame Place, Langhorne, PA
- Waldameer Park & Water World, Erie, PA
- Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA
- Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, PA
- Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, Erie, PA
- Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark, Tannersville, PA
- Sandcastle Water Park, Homestead, PA
- Great Wolf Lodge, Poconos, PA
Safety Measures at Amusement Parks and Water Parks
All of these parks have implemented policies and procedures to ensure the safety of guests. You are most likely familiar with the procedure at the beginning of rides. First, you stand in a line, waiting your turn. For some of the more popular rides on busy days, wait lines are unbearably long, while others are only a few minutes.
Then, passengers file onto the ride, one by one, find a seat, and fasten their safety belts or harnesses. The attendant of the ride then usually goes around the ride and ensures that everyone is properly secured in. Usually, once everyone is secured, the attendant makes a quick speech, announcing safety guidelines before starting the ride.
Water Park and Amusement Park Safety Under Scrutiny
Despite all of the safety measures these parks work so hard to implement, catastrophic injuries are still occurring. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) assembled a report that showed that injuries were actually increasing in number, rather than decreasing. According to MSN, three recent serious accidents, including the tragic death of a 10-year-old boy, have put water parks and amusement parks under serious scrutiny.
What most people do not realize is that many of the rides at amusement parks are not regulated by the CPSC, nor are they examined by state inspectors. While about half of the states in the U.S. do conduct safety inspections and regulate rides at their amusement and water parks, the other half of states do not, leaving the safety of park guests in the hands of third party inspectors and insurance companies. That is a scary thought because no one is truly held accountable for ensuring safety in those states.
Have You Been Injured at an Amusement Park or Water Park?
When injuries occur at amusement parks or water parks, they are often traumatic and require immediate medical care and years of recovery, if the victim survives. If you or someone you happen to know has suffered serious injuries or died at an amusement or water park, call a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer at Solnick & Associates, LLC today at(877) 415–6495 to find out how we can help you get the compensation you are entitled to.