Roller coasters and other adrenaline-pumping theme park rides are incredibly popular. Unfortunately, every now and then, these rides unexpectedly stop mid-ride. Getting stuck at the top of a roller coaster places riders into an extremely frightening, potentially dangerous position.
Stuck at the top of a roller coaster
Being stuck at the top of a roller coaster not knowing when or how you will eventually be freed can be incredibly traumatic.
If you have the misfortune to be hanging upside down, your distress may be added to by a headache, nausea and/or vomiting. What’s more, if the ride cannot be restarted, you may have to be rescued with the help of ladders. This, of course, significantly increases your risk of slipping, tripping and falling from a height.
What to do if you are stuck at the top of a roller coaster
Terrifying as being in this situation is, you will not simply drop out of your car and fall to your death. The first thing to remember if you get stuck at the top of a ride is, therefore, to try and remain as calm as possible. If the need to rescue you via ladder arises, follow instructions precisely and work your way down carefully to help minimise the risk of a fall from height.
Back on firm ground
If you sustained an injury due to getting trapped on a roller coaster, you could be entitled to theme park injury compensation. This not only covers physical injuries like those resulting from trips, slips or falls or being made violently ill by the experience. It also covers the psychological effect your experience had on you. Getting stuck at the top of a ride could, for example, leave you with:
- Terrifying nightmares
- An inability to sleep at all
- Fear of rides, heights or theme parks in general
Either way, such an experience could have a significant impact on your quality of life and you may require counselling to help you get over it.
Accident Advice Helpline
Our nationwide team of legal experts has more than 16 years’ experience in getting members of the public compensation for physical and psychological theme park injuries. We can help you, too.
Find out how and get helpful compensation advice by calling our 24-hour no-obligation freephone helpline from a mobile phone on 0333 500 0993 or from any UK landline on 0800 689 0500 today. Any personal information we may ask you to provide will remain confidential.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice