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The Ten Most Dangerous Amusement Park Rides

Each year, more than 300 million people visit American amusement parks. Most have a really good time. But more than 2,000 theme park visitors sustained injuries last year. We looked at Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) data to find out which types of rides are the most dangerous.

These statistics are based on 2009 data.

  1. Roller coasters: Roller coasters accounted for 495 injuries.
  2. Water slides: Water slides accounted for 438 theme park injuries.
  3. Boat rides: Boat-style water rides accounted for 93 injuries.
  4. Wooden roller coasters: 87 people were injured in accidents involving roller coasters on wooden tracks.
  5. Water park playgrounds: 84 people were injured in incidents involving water park playgrounds.
  6. Alpine slides: Alpine slides caused 72 injuries.
  7. Vintage style car rides: It may seem that cars traveling in a loop are harmless, but these kinds of rides caused 72 injuries.
  8. Flumes: These water rides accounted for 72 injuries.
  9. Slides: 69 people were injured on theme park super slides.
  10. Carousels: 60 people were injured on carousels. Most of the victims were under age five.

Most of these injuries were minor, but some were very serious. In 2011, a three-year-old boy suffered severe head injuries while riding the Python Pit at the Go Bananas amusement park in Norridge. The child was able to wiggle under the safety bar and stand up while the ride was moving. He fell backwards between two cars and was crushed before falling to the ground. The boy died.

Park operators have a duty to protect the public. They must make sure that all rides are in safe operating condition and that all safety equipment works properly. They must also make sure that operators have received the training needed to recognize potential hazards. When a park fails in its duty to the public, it can be held liable for the resulting injuries.

If you or your child was injured in a theme park accident, don’t hesitate to give Hupy and Abraham a call. We’ll let you know if you have a case against the park. To schedule your free consultation, please call 800-800-5678.


Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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