Readers will likely be happy to learn that in the state of Pennsylvania, rides are inspected every 30 days. Those who conduct these inspections for the state actually attribute a majority, or 70 percent, of the injuries suffered on rides found at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs, to rider mistakes.

Things riders should be aware of before getting on a ride include:

  • Weight restrictions.
  • Proper use of the safety harness or seat belt.
  • Medical restrictions.
  • The importance of keeping feet and hands inside of the car during the ride.

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Of course some accidents at amusement parks are due to mechanical issues with the rides. In these situations it is possible that the injured person, or in the case of death, his or her loved ones might file a lawsuit to try to recover financial damages for the injuries suffered. For the best possible outcome in personal injury lawsuits most find that it is best to work with a lawyer who handles these types of cases. These individuals are usually well versed in how a case could unfold.

Source: WNEP, “Staying Safe on Amusement Park Rides,” Nikki Krize, June 26, 2014

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