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    Survivor guide: How safe are bumper cars?


    Survivor guide: How safe are bumper cars?

    Bumper cars are the epitome of the British holiday: fun, silly, and a great choice for a rainy afternoon. However, a problem arises when some individuals take their bumper car expeditions a little too seriously, acting like they are ‘out to get everyone’ by bumping every car they can find. Sometimes, it is necessary to make an accident compensation claim, just as you would if you were making a work accident claim.

    An American invention

    The bumper car originated in the US in the 1920s and was imported to Britain by Sir Billy Butlin, the entrepreneur behind the successful Butlins holiday park brand. While bumper car accidents tend to be somewhat less severe than injuries in a road traffic accident, today, many fairgrounds and holiday parks have strict ‘no bumping’ rules on their bumper car rides for health and safety reasons.

    While most people abide by the rules and play fairly, there are some individuals that still decide to spoil the fun and ruin the experience for everyone else. Besides bumping into people and putting them at risk of trips or falls, some bumper car riders can cause disruption by driving in the opposite direction, often in an attempt to show off to their friends.

    Bumper cars – a high risk of accidents and injury

    To minimise your risk of injuries, avoid bumping into anyone that appears to be driving carelessly and too fast, or you may end up having to make a personal injury claim. Consider calling the nearest member of staff if you believe anyone is acting dangerously and not following the rules. If you feel unwell at any point during the ride, you should also notify a member of staff so that they can escort you from the car.

    How can I claim compensation for a bumper car injury?

    If you have been injured during a bumper car ride, any slips trips and falls, or a work accident, you could be entitled to get compensation. Contactable by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Accident Helpline is run by a professional team who can tell you within seconds whether or not you may be eligible to make a claim for a slip or trip, or any other incidents such as accidents at work. We operate on a 100% no-win-no-fee* basis, which means that even if your claim is ineligible, you won’t be charged any fees.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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