According to the United State Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 15,000 people are injured at amusement parks, water parks, fairs, and carnivals across America each year. Fortunately, however, there are only 2 to 5 ride-related deaths on average.
North Carolina has very strong legal protections for individuals injured or killed at amusement parks. As “common carriers,” amusement parks are required to utilize “the highest degree of care” for the safety of park guests. If there is any deviation from safety protocols in the operation or maintenance of rides, and you or a loved one is hurt or killed, you likely have an absolute right to compensation.
Additionally, in this State, amusement parks are subject to strict regulations imposed by the North Carolina Department of Labor. The North Carolina Department of Labor Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau inspects amusement rides at fairs, carnivals and permanent parks across our State to make sure they are mechanically and structurally safe for riders. Unfortunately, the majority of accidents on amusement rides are caused by human error. Nevertheless, if you have observed a dangerous condition involving an amusement ride, you may contact the department to report the same at 1-800-625-2267.
Howard Stallings has represented individuals seriously hurt at the North Carolina State Fair and private amusement parks across the State. Even though amusement ride injuries are rare, when they occur, the resulting injuries are catastrophic. If you or a loved one has sustained injury or death at an amusement park, water park, or fair, call us for a free, confidential and personal consultation.