Most bizarre health and safety cases: dodgem cars banned at Butlins

Injured circus spectators could be entitled to compensation

Reported cases of injuries have led Butlins to ban dodgem cars drivers from bumping into each other at their family holiday parks. As Brits become more perceptive of their rights and uncover their entitlement to personal injury claims, there is little wonder why businesses have had to tighten up on health and safety standards.

Bumping and dodging accidents with dodgem cars in public places

It was 1923 when dodgem cars were first introduced to Butlins, the first Great British company to offer the attraction. As the name suggests, dodgem cars had the original aim of dodging the other cars. However, this quickly evolved to incorporate bumping other drivers’ cars, which has become simply all the fun of the fair.

It is the more contemporary version of the fairground attraction, commonly known as ‘bumper cars,’ that Butlins have abolished. Too many ride-related injuries have led the family holiday favourite to instruct ride attendants to actively remind riders that they are to avoid car collisions, in the hope that it will reduce accidents at their parks.

Is it a step too far? Are health and safety regulations taking the fun out of the fair? Have you sustained an injury at a fairground that has led you to agree with Butlins’ decision?

Personal injury compensation

Maybe you were playing old school and dodging the cars at the fair, or perhaps you have been involved in another accident at a theme park or fairground that wasn’t your fault. If you have sustained an injury, suffered harm or illness due to a public incident while on holiday or a day out, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.


To be sure that you are eligible for personal injury compensation, it is advisable to speak with a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. We work on a no win no fee* basis, offering support 24/7 via our dedicated helpline to victims of personal injury.

Whether you incurred your injury while travelling, due to a fairground accident, an accident at work or on the road, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help. So, as long as the accident occurred within the last three years and you are able to prove that you are not accountable for the injury, you stand a good chance of your case being successful.

Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

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