A number of catastrophic accidents at amusement parks across the United States this summer have led to heightened attention and increased scrutiny of theme parks in New Jersey. Now a recent report released by the Amusement Safety Organization indicates that one of the most dangerous theme parks in the entire country is in the Garden State.
Theme Park Accidents Are a Serious Problem in NJ
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, more than two billion people visit amusement parks annually. While these amusement park visitors expect to have a fun time, some visitors end up spending time in the hospital as a result of mishaps on roller coasters, water slides, and other theme park rides.
One theme park that has posed significant risks to customers over the years is Action Park in Vernon, New Jersey. The amusement park is located on the Mountain Creek ski resort. When the park opened in 1978, excited site visitors expected to enjoy the park’s many water-based attractions and rides. However, more than 100 swimmers nearly drowned in a wave pool on opening day. Since that time, six people have been killed in fatal accidents at Action Park. In fact, the park temporarily closed in 1996 due to liability issues. When the theme park reopened a few years later, it had a different name: Mountain Creek Waterpark.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit against Negligent Theme Park Operators
The reality is that just about every amusement park poses injury risks. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that ride operators take precautions to ensure that site visitors remain safe at all times. In fact, amusement park operators have a legal obligation to maintain safe premises and protect visitors against injury.
In the event that an accident does occur at an amusement park in New Jersey, it is important for the injury victim to get prompt medical attention and then contact a qualified personal injury attorney who can help the victim get compensation to cover their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
When a roller coaster accident is caused by negligence of an amusement park worker or ride operators, the injury victim may have a viable cause of action against the owner of the theme park. That’s because the agency theory of law typically holds business owners responsible for the actions of their employees (or agents).
For additional information, check out the following article: Most dangerous theme parks in the US