Ride malfunction left three people injured, one in critical condition.
Riverside, Calif. — A log ride attraction encountered a malfunction that left three people injured, one in critical condition, at Castle Park amusement park on Saturday, May 25. At around 4:30 p.m., two adults and a child were ejected from the log-shaped car as the motor-operated cart approached the bottom of the water-slide.
Officials reported the accident injured a total of five people. Of the three in focus, one victim was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The other two victims, including a 10-year-old boy, were treated for minor injuries.
According to Castle Park, the log ride advertises as “one of the steepest and largest log rides ever built…” with a 48-foot drop. Fire department officials disclosed the cause of accident was due to a mechanical issue with the attraction’s water pump that was used to slow down the ride. Without the function of that water pump, when the cart approached high speeds on an exceedingly steep slope the log-shaped car was forcefully overturned.
Guests noted that the ride had been closed earlier in the day, but had reopened around 2 p.m. A full investigation is underway.
Amusement Park Liability
The unique attractions at an amusement park can provide a great deal of entertainment, but they can pose an inherent risk of injury. When people get injured in amusement parks or theme parks, they may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Amusement park owners have the duty of making the parks’ rides safe for reasonably foreseeable use. This duty generally includes:
- Providing adequate restraints
- Doing frequent maintenance and inspections of the rides and other attractions at the park
- Providing safety instructions
- Making sure there are sufficient employee supervision on the premises
When amusement park owners breach this duty, they can be held responsible for any resulting injury to the victims.
Compensation for Amusement Park Accident Victims
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an amusement park accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of the owner or their employees, you may be entitled to compensation. To make sure you get the full monetary damages you deserve, it is important to hire an experienced amusement park accident attorney to handle your claim.
Depending on the specific facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental trauma
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Amusement Park Accident Lawyer
The Los Angeles amusement park accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates advocate for our clients’ full financial recovery through hard work and aggressive lawyering. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates at 949-727-9300.