It seems that just about every summer, the news becomes flooded with stories about patrons being injured, even killed, in amusement park accidents. And even after summer ends, many parks remain open for a limited time during the fall season. And, while it is absolutely your responsibility to make sure you stay safe while you’re visiting these fun venues, it’s also the park’s responsibility to ensure its guests are safe while they have fun.
Therefore, it’s best if you know what your options are before you head out to have some fun, and we’d like to provide you with an overview of those options and responsibilities of both the patron and the park.
Every amusement park has a responsibility to protect their patrons. This responsibility is called the “duty of care,” and as part of that duty, the park needs to have clear warnings and regulations to keep its guests informed, such as:
-Adequately-trained ride operators
-Proper maintenance and inspection of rides and attractions
-Correct instructions for riding certain attractions
-If the park does not meet these expectations and a patron is harmed, the park
could be held liable on due to its own negligence. The park is also responsible
for their employees’ actions. If an employee is negligent or does something
that subsequently results in harm or injuries to a patron, the victim can sue the park for compensation.
While the park must maintain a safe environment, the park is not liable for all accidents and injuries.
The patron also has some responsibility in maintaining his own safety in the park, and it isn’t uncommon for the park to review the patron’s actions to ensure his injury wasn’t the result of your his negligence.
If the patron is a legal guest of the park, meaning he’s not trespassing and he’s paid for or obtained his ticket through the proper channels, he’s expected to do the following:
-Notice and acknowledge any warnings.
-Follow and and all park rules.
-Stick to public paths and avoid going into areas that are off-limit.
If you, as a patron, take it upon yourself to take a risk and do something that, simply put, is stupid, you can expect that any injury you sustain through the fault of your own will not be covered.
Reach out to experienced personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured at an amusement park.