Roller coaster accidents at California theme parks are more commonplace than you may think. You just do not hear about them because the theme parks attempt to settle quickly in exchange for keeping the matter quite, often under a confidentiality agreement. When the general public hears about a roller coaster disaster, the theme park sales suffer. So California amusement parks, such as Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, Great America in Santa Clara, and Belmont Park in San Diego, have a huge incentive to limit the publicity of theme park malfunctions and disasters.
When roller coasters malfunction to the point of that people suffer serious injuries, it usually means that somebody was negligent or that one or more parts of the rollercoaster were defectively manufactured. A common form of negligence is negligent maintenance or negligent supervision of the operations of the coaster carts and tracks.
The most common causes of accidents, when they occur, are operator negligence and negligence maintenance of the tracks by maintenance and safety crews. This can lead to derailment of a coaster cart, or a piece of the cart breaking off and landing on someone’s head, causing a head injury to a bystander standing below.
Another common cause of accidents is defectively manufactured parts or faulty seat belts or safety harnesses. Defective or faulty safety belts could break loose, causing a passenger to fall out of a coaster cart, suffering serious bodily injury or falling to their death. If you have suffered serious bodily injury in a roller coaster accident, a San Diego bodily injury attorney at Injury Law Group can help you hold the theme park or ride operator accountable.
Falling debris and metal parts from a coaster cart or coaster tracks are very dangerous because in addition to causing serious bodily injury, the falling parts are likely to fall on an innocent victim's head, causing serious head injuries or brain trauma. If your family member has suffered brain trauma as the result of a roller coaster accident, a brain injury lawyer can help your family obtain the treatment you need and recovery financial compensation for your family's pain and suffering.
If you or a family member has been injured in a roller coaster accident at an amusement park, an experienced California roller coaster accident lawyer can help you hold the amusement park accountable. We understand the practices and motives of amusement parks and we have the knowledge and knowhow to make sure that your medical bills are promptly paid for and that you receive the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.