Florida is famous for its amusement and theme parks. Millions of people visit the parks each year, expecting to enjoy rides and entertainment with their friends and family. In turn, the parks have a legal duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for visitors. What happens if someone is injured at a theme park?
A theme park’s responsibility to guests
There are three main types of responsibility. First, they must ensure rides are properly maintained, inspected, and operated in accordance with safety standards. Next, they have to keep the premises properly maintained, including regularly inspecting and maintaining walkways, pathways, facilities and other visitor-accessible areas. Finally, they must make sure their staff is adequately trained regarding safety procedures, ride operations and other types of guest assistance.
Common types of theme park accidents and injuries
Most theme park accidents fall into three broad categories. Ride-related accidents happen when there are mechanical malfunctions, operator errors or failure to follow safety protocols. Slip-and-fall accidents can occur on wet surfaces, uneven walkways or where there is inadequate signage warning visitors of danger. Finally, negligent supervision can lead to accidents: this can happen when there’s insufficient staff or a lack of supervision in areas like children’s playgrounds or water attractions.
Just because an accident happened at a theme park doesn’t necessarily mean that the theme park is legally responsible. They may avoid liability by claiming visitors assumed the risk, which is usually conveyed through warnings or disclaimers indicating that visitors voluntarily assume the risks associated with park activities.
Furthermore, waivers and releases of liability may limit the park’s responsibility, but their enforceability varies by jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the accident.
For more information about your options after an accident at an amusement park, contact the seasoned Sarasota, FL personal injury lawyers at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.