NJ Weekend Safety Tips, Part 5: Be Careful of Amusement Rides
Some of the best moments of the summer come when you take the family to an amusement park. It’s a great place to feel like a kid again – eating food on sticks, enjoying the shows, and of course, riding on all the rides. But sometimes a fun day at the park can quickly turn to tragedy when someone is injured on an amusement ride.
New Jersey is not only home to major amusement park Six Flags Great Adventure but also have a bunch of rides at the Jersey Shore and town fairs. And although amusement rides have strict safety requirements along with yearly inspections, just one act of negligence can ruin someone’s day. According to the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the safety of amusement rides in New Jersey, there have been 552 amusement ride incidents in the past five years. And these incidents are not just on roller coasters; in fact, the majority of injuries come from water slides.
In an ongoing effort to keep our clients informed, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone would like to offer some summertime safety tips that will keep you and your loved ones safe as well as accident free this summer:
- Before getting on the ride, really observe it to make sure you are comfortable riding it. For instance, if you have a fear of heights, a roller coaster might not be the ride for you.
- Remember to obey all warnings and instructions given before the ride. Yes, we all know the tired “Keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times” speech but it’s for your own safety.
- Make sure all your belongings and clothing are secure before the ride begins. For instance, if the ride is going to go upside down, you might want to take off your sunglasses.
- Always fasten any safety equipment such as a seatbelt, shoulder harness, or lap bar. Even if it’s a small chain that doesn’t look like it will protect you, you would be surprised.
- And remember, don’t get off the ride until the operator instructs you to. Keep your safety equipment fastened and stay in your seat until the ride is over.
If you get into an accident after riding on an amusement ride this summer, we can help! Contact personal injury lawyer Anthony Carbone today for a free consultation.