Common Amusement Park Injuries and How to Stay Safe in Boston

New England is famous for its many amusement parks, ranging from Six Flags New England just less than two hours outside of Boston to Thomas Land, just an hour outside of the city. In addition to amusement parks, New England is also known for its fairs and festivals, many of which offer rides for kids.  

While a day at an amusement park or fair is a great way to pass the time and have fun, they can also be dangerous. CNN recently reported in 2016 alone, amusement parks were associated with “thousands of injuries.

Before you head to an amusement park or fair this summer or fall, consider these common amusement park injuries and tips for staying safe–

Most Common Amusement Park Injuries

Amusement park injuries can occur following a wide range of accident types, including slip and fall accidents caused by slippery surfaces, ride malfunctions, lack of proper restraints, and more. Some of the most common types of injuries include:

  • Bone fractures, which could occur as the result of a limb being struck while extended, or a slip and fall accident;
  • Head and traumatic brain injuries from slip and falls, being thrown from a ride, or a head being hit with force on a seat back or other object;
  • Amputation injuries;
  • Crush injuries;
  • Soft tissue injuries (like whiplash);
  • Drowning and near-drowning injuries (most common at water parks);
  • Neck and back injuries;
  • Lacerations and external injuries; and
  • Death.

Most of these injuries are completely preventable. However, as the CNN article explains, amusement parks are inconsistently regulated. What’s more, rides are not always maintained and serviced properly, and ride operators are not always trained as they should be.

Tips for Staying Safe at an Amusement Park or Fair/Festival

While you may not be able to prevent all injury types–after all, if a ride malfunctions, there is no way  that you could have known or prevented it–there are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of harm. These include:

  • Always follow ride rules, including weight, height, pregnancy, health condition, and age restrictions;
  • Watch where you’re walking – some slip and falls can be avoided just by paying attention;
  • Always make sure that you are properly secured in the ride by following rules for seatbelts and safety bars;
  • Keep your hands, feet, and other body parts inside of the ride, and instruct your children to do the same;
  • If you don’t trust your child to follow a ride’s rules, don’t let them go on that ride;
  • Find out when rides are being inspected, and by whom, before riding or allowing a child to ride; and
  • If a ride seems dangerous to you, avoid it. You don’t have to “prove” anything by riding something that doesn’t seem safe.

How Our Experienced Boston Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

At the offices of Tetzel Law, LLC, our experienced Boston personal injury attorneys hope that you have a safe and accident-free amusement park or fair experience.  However, if you are injured in an accident that is caused by the negligence of another party, we want you to know our attorneys are here to fight for you. To schedule a free consultation with Tetzel Law, LLC today, contact us at 617-933-3858. We are here for you!