The Most Common Amusement Park Injuries in Florida

The Most Common Amusement Park Injuries in Florida


  • An estimated 30,000 injuries were caused by amusement park rides and attractions in 2016.
  • The likelihood of an injury occurring that require an overnight hospital stay is 1 in 16 million.
  • There have been at least 22 deaths since 2010 related to amusement rides.

Few things can beat the adrenaline rush you get on an amusement park ride. Whether a fixed or mobile park, the thrills they offer can’t be compared to anything else. The sounds, smells and sights of an amusement park or local fair draw millions each year. As Miami accident attorneys, we know that a day at the amusement park doesn’t always end with a sleepy ride home.

Unfortunately, people are hurt on amusement park rides. What starts off as a fun day full of anticipation ends tragically. Accidents at amusement parks have a variety of causes, with some being equipment failure and others being operator error.

When a person is hurt on an amusement park ride or attraction, they have a right to seek compensation for damages. No person should suffer financially due to circumstances beyond their control.

Top Causes of Amusement Park Injuries

Top Causes of Amusement Park Injuries in Miami infographic

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There are several causes of injuries at an amusement park. Your Miami accident attorney will work with you to determine just what led to the accident that caused your injury. In many cases, injuries are due to one of four causes.

1. Mechanical failure: A failure can be caused by a defect in the ride itself or because the park failed to maintain the ride as it should have.

2. Operator negligence: Operators are trained on how to make rides run. When an operator fails to control the ride appropriately, people can be injured.

3. Passenger error: A passenger may think it’s funny to rock the ride. They may stand up or unlatch their restraint. These things can all lead to an accident.

4. The nature of the ride: A ride that turns upside down can cause a person to lose consciousness.

Types of Injuries Sustained at Amusement Parks

Almost any type of injury can be sustained on an amusement park ride, but some are more common than others. Here are some of those most typically seen:

1. Head, Neck and Back

These types of injuries are most typically sustained from the body being jolted. Rides like bumper cars and those that spin and turn can cause trauma to the back, head and neck. For example, if a person is in a bumper car and struck from behind, their head can snap forward and then back again, causing injuries to tendons and ligaments.

When the ligaments in the neck tear, a victim is at risk for stroke. This doesn’t always happen, of course, but it is a concern. Any person who suffers this type of injury should be medically evaluated.

2. Death

This is the most extreme injury and not really an injury at all in itself, but the result of injuries. Deaths at amusement parks often occur when a person is thrown from a ride or falls down. A person may also be struck by a ride, as was the case at an amusement park in Ohio.

A man scaled a fence to retrieve an item that he had dropped while on the ride. He was struck after he jumped the fence and died as a result of his injuries.

3. Traumatic Brain Injury

G-forces and stress to the brain can occur on almost any type of ride but most typically on those that obtain high speeds. The forces can be enough in themselves, but traumatic brain injuries have also been caused as the result of other riders losing objects and those objects striking the people behind them.

It is incredibly important to keep objects secure on rides or to place them in appropriate bins as provided by the park.

4. Lacerations and Broken Bones

Lacerations can result from bolts or fasteners that aren’t properly covered. They can occur when you are entering or exiting a ride.

A laceration can be sustained in any number of ways. Broken bones are the same. You could trip and fall, be struck or be thrown. These are both common injuries at amusement parks.

5. Drowning or Near Drowning

Imagine floating down a lazy river on a hot day. It’s relaxing. Unfortunately, people slip off of rafts, misjudge their ability to swim or have any number of accidents that cause drownings or near drownings on water rides.

Always be aware of the danger of these types of rides and if you have little ones, always supervise them around any water amusements.

Speak to a Miami Accident Lawyer Today

A day at an amusement park or fair should be everything you planned. No person should be injured as the result of someone’s negligence or error. An amusement park owner and their employees have a duty to keep visitors safe. If you or a loved one have been injured at an amusement park in Miami, you have rights.

Reach out to our office today to schedule a free case evaluation with a Miami accident attorney. We will discuss your options and help you make the best decisions regarding your case. Call today to learn more about how we can assist you.



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