3 Kids Hurt at Popular Maryland Amusement Park, State Safety Officials to Investigate

By Peter DePaolis

For the most part, amusement parks and roller coasters are a safe way for a family to get outside and have fun. Government agencies and park management regularly inspect rides to ensure that park visitors are not at risk. Despite these safety efforts, however, injuries frequently occur at amusement parks and on roller coaster rides. Between a 1000 and 2000 injuries occur every year on rides, with nearly 100 of those described as serious (requiring an overnight stay at a hospital). If negligent ride operation or a mechanical malfunction has harmed you or a loved one, a Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering.

A roller coaster accident at Maryland’s Trimper’s Rides amusement park recently injured three children. The accident sent the children to the hospital, and it occurred on the most popular ride at the park – Tidal Wave, a double-loop, boomerang roller coaster. A cable broke on the ride, creating sparks and smoke. The ride’s safety mechanisms worked properly, bringing the ride to a complete and abrupt stop as soon as computers recognized the malfunction. Police as well as inspectors from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Labor are carrying out an investigation of the accident.

While some accidents are out of an amusement park visitor’s hands, there are steps visitors can take to enjoy the day out as safely as possible. Always comply with ride age, height, weight, and health limits. It is better to err on the side of safety than risk someone’s life for a minute or two of thrills. Never undo restraints such as seat belts and lap bars while on rides. Keep body parts inside the ride at all times.

If an amusement park accident has hurt you or a loved one, contact a Maryland personal injury attorney, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P to hold negligent operators responsible.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.