Orlando & Tampa Roller Coaster Accident Attorneys
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Florida Roller Coaster Accident, Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
Consultation Offices located in Tampa, Orlando and Miami, Florida
Handling Roller Coaster Accident victims with injury or death claims in Hillsborough, Orange, Miami-Dade Counties and throughout the State of Florida.
Roller coasters can be extremely fun, but the reality is, a roller coaster is one of the most dangerous rides at an amusement park. Unfortunately, more people are injured in roller coaster accidents every year than most would believe. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in certain years, more than 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms throughout the United States due to amusement park and roller coaster injuries. Amusement park accidents can cause serious injuries or even death to both riders and bystanders. If amusement park negligence causes an accident, like a roller coaster disaster, the injured victims may be entitled to compensation from the owners of the park.
Roller coasters differ vastly in relation to speed, height, intensity, size, G-force and the audience the ride is intended for. Children can be the most susceptible to injuries from a roller coaster because the gravity pull on a body can reach a G-force of 4 or 5 Gs’ as the coaster plunges to speeds up to 100 MPH. No two people are the same in how their body reacts to intense G-forces, so while some may tolerate no detrimental impacts, others may suffer back injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, blood clots and wrongful death. Research shows that traumatic brain injuries or hemorrhages that occur on from roller coaster accidents are comparable to the effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Roller coaster restraint systems can also cause injuries to riders depending on the differences in height, weight and size.
Roller coaster and amusement park accidents are far too common and can leave your or someone you care for with catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in a roller coaster accident, call Whittel & Melton today at 866-608-5529 or tell us about your case online.
Identifying the exact cause of a roller coaster accident can be intricate and can many times more than one liable party can hold an element of blame. A defect in the coaster’s design, including faulty restraint systems, can often cause severe accidents. Another common area of fault lies within manufacturing, which includes defects in operating mechanisms, brakes, materials and possibly loose tracks. In other cases, failures to warn riders of certain hazards can erupt in perilous accidents, such as certain medical conditions that could increase the risk of an accident or height and weight restrictions. Many times the ride operator can be the culprit of a disastrous coaster accident due to a lack of training, improper training or outright carelessness.
The best to decrease your risks of being injured on a roller coaster is to take as many safety precautions as you can. One of the best ways you can practice safety is by double checking you are adequately strapped into a ride before the ride takes off. If you do not feel secure in the cart or seat of the ride or have any inclination something feels wrong, notify the operator before the ride begins. Follow these tips to help ensure yours and others safety on roller coaster rides:
- Stay away from rides when you already have an injury. You increase your chances of further injuring yourself by partaking in an amusement ride.
- Keep your limbs inside the cart of the ride at all times. Roller coasters are usually designed to restrict a person’s movement so that nothing can flail about.
- Leave any items that could fly out of your possession off the ride. Since coasters can reach extreme speeds, flying objects put others at risk for injuries.
- Pay attention to your surroundings. Be mindful of speed changes and any barriers that you may encounter on the ride.
- Stay away from employee only areas. Make sure you only go where you are supposed to and steer clear of maintenance and operator areas.
If your or a loved one has suffered from broken bones, neck or back injuries, brain or spinal cord injuries, a heart attack or even death from a roller coaster accident, call the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC in Orlando, Tampa, Miami toll-free from anywhere throughout Florida at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We will answer your phone call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have convenient night, weekend and off-site appointments to facilitate any needs you may have.
To learn more about amusement park and water park accidents, visit our amusement park and water park injury practice center.
Florida Roller Coaster Accident Attorneys
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Consultation Offices in Tampa, Orlando, Miami
Tampa, Hillsborough County 813-221-3200
Orlando, Orange County and Statewide 866-608-5529
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