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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Potential theme park accidents: Rides stopping


    A day at an amusement park is the ultimate way to relieve stress in an adrenaline-packed environment. In the UK we seem to have somewhat of an obsession with amusement parks and theme parks. The sheer number of world-renowned theme parks in the UK demonstrates our love for rollercoasters and other rides.

    What causes a ride to stop?

    There are a number of reasons why a ride might stop but some of the most common causes include mechanical and electrical failure and in some cases, employee negligence. The exact causes can be as result of poor maintenance or general power outage.  This can be particularly distressing if a ride were to stop in a precarious position that might hinder an operation to free trapped passengers and lead to a slip, trip or fall.

    Has this ever happened in the UK though?

    Unfortunately it has. At a number of theme parks throughout the UK, there have been notable instances where a ride has stopped and has prevented passengers from getting off. This can sometimes leave patrons stranded on the ride for a number of hours until the ride can be started again or passengers can disembark by other methods. This can sometimes involve ladders up to 60ft long, which seriously increases the risk of a slip, trip or fall or fall from height when getting off. In some instances, patrons can be left stuck in an inverted position, which can cause nausea, headaches and vomiting.

    Claiming compensation in the event of rides stopping

    If you’ve been injured as the result of a ride stopping in a theme park, you could be entitled to claim compensation if this happened within the last three years and your injuries were not your fault. Contact us today for more information on 0800 689 0500. Accident Advice Helpline can even help you to claim compensation if the accident occurred on holiday. That’s right; we can help you to claim compensation even if the accident occurred outside of the UK. Contact us today for a friendly, dependable and reliable service.  All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis and the majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning that many of our clients will not have to set foot in court.

    Date Published: January 2, 2016

    Author: David Brown

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