Rollercoaster Accidents

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Today’s rollercoasters are equipped with advanced safety systems including automatic stopping devices, advanced safety and should harnesses, multi-operator controls, and many more. However, sometimes accidents still occur due to unique and rare circumstances. In other instances, safety systems can activate without an immediately apparent reason resulting in stranded riders. While extremely rare, these types of difficult situations can occur. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or wrongfully killed, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, lost wages, and more.

What To Do After a Rollercoaster Accident

If you are one of the unfortunate few who experiences an accident and an injury at an amusement park, remain calm. If you panic you may make your situation worse or miss important information or instruction. Next, be sure to follow the instruction of all rescue or medical personnel. However, if you suffer an injury, no matter how slight it may see, seek medical care – even if it is not offered at the park or site of the injury. Seeking the opinion of a doctor or other medical professional can rule out any dangerous underlying conditions.

Rollercoaster Accidents at Major Amusement Parks

While rare, when they do occur the consequence of a roller coaster accident or malfunction can range from an inconvenience to a serious or even fatal injury. Recent roller coaster incidents include:

  • New Texas Giant  — The  New Texas Giant is a steel rollercoaster that replaced the original wooden version. Tragically in July 2013, a 52-year-old woman sipped or fell out of her harness and fell to her death.
  • The Ninja – On July 8, 2014, at Six Flags Magic Mountain a tree branch fell onto the track of the Ninja roller coaster. The falling tree branch lodged onto the tracks and was struck by the next roller coaster train that passed through. The impact resulted in the front car partially derailing at a roughly 45-degree angle to the ground. While all 22 passengers were rescued, at least two have filed suit – one alleging traumatic brain injuries due to the crash.
  • Joker’s Jinx – This Six Flags rollercoaster stalled and stuck on one of its higher inclines when a safety system tripped disabling the train. The riders of the coaster were rescued by the local fire department who carried riders to safety by way of a cherry picker. Nearly 5 hours elapsed before all of the riders were safely on the ground.

The above represent some of the more recent roller coaster accidents or incidents. Unfortunately, many more incidents have occurred at amusement parks, carnivals, and fairs throughout the country.

What types of injuries are caused by rollercoasters?

The unique circumstances at play in any accident mean that one cannot reliably predict the exact severity and nature of the resultant injuries. However certain types of injuries are more likely to occur in this type of accident. Unfortunately, due to the high speeds that are often involved, roller coaster accidents can often be quite severe. The injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Pinched fingers or limbs
  • Lost fingers or limbs
  • Lacerations
  • Heart attack
  • Paralysis

If you are a loved one have suffered a severe injury or was wrongfully killed due to a rollercoaster accident, you deserve justice and compensation for your loss. With more than 3 decades of experience standing up for those harming in accidents, the amusement park attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm can fight for you.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury roller coaster injury, contact The Reiff Law Firm for your free consultation by calling 800-861-6708 or contact us online