Although carnival and amusement park rides are designed to be exciting and fun, they can at times result in dangerous and even deadly accidents when the rides malfunction or if they are not properly operated. Unfortunately, children are most susceptible to injuries from carnival rides. It’s been estimated that about two-thirds of all amusement ride accidents involve toddlers, preschoolers, or young children.
Although safety rules are in place, they are not always followed. If the carnival is a travelling one, rather than a permanent one, safety lapses may occur. It is the responsibility of the carnival owners and operators to keep their riders safe. However, parents have a responsibility as well to reduce the odds of an accident. Parents should pay attention so they can make decisions on which rides are safe for their children – they should not rely on the ride’s operators to determine if the child is not the correct size for the ride. Also, children can become scared or excited on rides, and may not necessarily act in a responsible manner. It is important to teach children about how to be a safe rider, as well as to provide supervision on the rides.
If your child is harmed on a carnival ride because of safety lapses with the ride, your child may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. Your child may be entitled to medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. Call me, Los Angeles personal injury attorney Conal Doyle at 310-385-0567. My team can help you and will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call today to learn more.