We would all love to believe that fairground rides are perfectly safe, and that their security mechanisms prevent accidents in every case, but unfortunately this is simply not true. There are many, many injuries each year as a result of people being flung from or crushed underneath fairground rides. Many of these accidents are a result of ‘patron error,’ which means that it was the victims themselves who unwittingly put themselves in danger by either not fastening themselves in properly, behaving inappropriately on the ride, or attempting to get off at the wrong time. But there are also many injuries each year that are a direct result of negligence on the part of the fairground operator or owner.
Fairground injuries caused as a result of negligence
Fairground owners and operators have a duty of care to ensure that rides are operating properly and have passed all necessary safety inspections, and also to ensure that only suitable patrons are able to get on the ride. This May, in Queensland, Australia, a five year old boy was seriously injured when he was flung from a fairground ride, having been seven inches shorter than the ride’s minimum height requirements. In July, a woman died after having fallen from the Texas Giant roller coaster in Arlington, Texas. The woman had reportedly been concerned before the ride began as she didn’t feel the safety bar held her in a secure position, as her body was too large for the ride. In both of these cases, these riders should have been prevented from climbing on board.
In August, two young girls were killed in Argentina when a gondola dropped from a Ferris wheel that clearly wouldn’t have passed a proper safety inspection. While we wouldn’t like to think that fairground operators would ever knowingly put their patrons in danger, sometimes this is indeed the case.
What to do if you have been injured at a fairground
If you have been injured in any way due to the malfunction of a fairground ride, or negligence on the part of the owner or operator, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. If you’d like to know more, call our experts at Accident Advice Helpline. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500 to help people like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. While we are a law firm, there’s no obligation to continue with a claim after making a call. For a quick guide to your possible entitlement, check our 30-second test online via our website.