When parents take their children to an amusement park they expect a day of safe, but exhilarating thrills. Many parks take painstaking measures to reduce the likelihood of an accident, but others may fail to account for all types of risks. These risks may include the failure to perform frequent ride inspections, insufficient maintenance, insufficient training of ride operators, and many other potential risks that increase the chances of a serious amusement park accident.
As August winds down and September approaches, many people and families are trying to get outside and enjoy the summer weather before it’s gone. For many groups, fairs and carnivals are ideal because they offer a wide variety of activities that are sure to entertain just about any one. Small children may be entertained with the animals presents, teens often gravitate towards the rides, while adults and parents are often most interested in the vendors and carnival food. Regardless of your particular interest at the fair, visitors expect a safe and enjoyable day for all people in the party.
Sometimes despite advanced safety systems, training, and the best planning events and circumstances do not unfold as planned. Sometimes in the pursuit of safety park guests can be seriously inconvenienced or experience fear and anxiety as they await rescue from their predicament. Unfortunately, park guests at Six Flags America were trapped on the train for the rollercoaster Joker’s Jinx for nearly 5 hours. While being stranded in any confined space for an extended time period can bad enough, the situation is only exacerbated when it occurs nearly fifty feet in the air.
Six Flags America is located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland approximately 30 miles from Baltimore and about 15 miles from Washington D.C. As the 10th park to join Six Flag’s park properties in 1992, the park now boasts 54 rides and attractions ranging from kiddie rides to thrill rides like roller coasters and water slides.
Earlier this month, we wrote about a derailment accident which trapped dozens and injured four on the Ninja roller coaster ride at Southern California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain. Now, two victims who suffered head injuries are filing a lawsuit against Six Flags, alleging that the park permitted a ride that was “dangerous, defective, hazardous and unsafe.”
Throughout the United States, traveling carnivals are a beloved summer staple for children and adults alike. But if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, you may want to think twice about where you go to find it. Unlike their permanent, fixed-location counterparts, mobile fairs are not subject to federal inspections — which means the potential for catastrophic injury is an ever-present risk. If the government isn’t regulating carnival rides, who is?