As a consumer-driven society, and as human beings, we seek out and enjoy entertainment. Oftentimes, we find this entertainment at amusement parks. Thrill rides and roller coasters are a very popular form of entertainment and excitement for children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. But at what cost? The potential dangers of amusement parks is often overlooked, hidden, or denied, allowing the persistence of catastrophic injury and deadly accidents that can forever change the lives of victims and their families.
What Can be Done to Stop Senseless Injuries and Fatalities Caused by Amusement Ride Accidents?
The answer is simple, but the task itself is not a quick and easy one. The first step in the process is spreading awareness about the types of accidents and better educating the public about the dangers and hazards present in amusement parks.
Definition of Amusement Park and Ride
An amusement park is a recreational facility featuring rides, games, and vendors of various types, or simply defined as a fixed location where multiple rides and attractions are assembled to entertain people for a fee.
The definition of an amusement ride is given by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a standards organization that publishes amusement ride guidelines generally accepted as the standard of the industry in the U.S. It states, “Amusement ride or amusement device’a device or combination of devices or elements that carry, convey, or direct a person(s) over or through a fixed or restricted course or within a defined area, for the primary purpose of amusement or entertainment.”
Amusement or entertainment – two things that have the power to cloud our perception of safety with the allure of advertisements and ride design features (i.e. color, images, music), and the promise of an escape or an experience in an imaginary world.
Prevention Through Knowledge: What Can Go Wrong
This website serves as an informative resource for those seeking detailed data and descriptions of the following:
- Overview of Industry and its Origins
- Qualifications of Maintenance Personnel
- Operator Error
- Amusement Ride Inspection
- Types of Accidents
- Types of Rides
- Roller Coasters
- Carnival Rides
- Climbing Walls
- Bumper Cars
- Water Slides
- Zip Lines
- Spinners/Spinning Rides
- Pendulum Rides
- Go Carts
- Ferris Wheels
- Bungee Jumping
Making Tragedies a Thing of the Past
Amusement park ride accidents, carnival ride accidents, and other recreational accidents devastate the lives of individuals who are injured as well as the lives of their family members and loved ones. No person should ever have to endure the physical pain, emotional suffering, and financial costs of a serious injury caused by an amusement ride accident.
The amusement ride industry is in the business of making money. Sadly, this often involves cutting corners and neglecting to create and/or enforce strict rules and regulations. Consumers, the very people who should be the first to know about how their lives are being endangered, are being left in the dark and suffering spinal cord injuries, amputations, brain injuries, and death as a result.
This website is a stepping stone towards making amusement park ride tragedies a thing of the past. The public deserves to know the risks and how the industry operates behind the scenes. The time to pull back the curtain is now.