Mother Critically Injured In Castle Park Log Ride Accident At Riverside Amusement Park After The Ride’s Water Pump Experienced A Mechanical Failure
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2019) – A family of three was injured after the log ride malfunctioned at Castle Park in Riverside.
Riverside police are saying that the mother was ejected from the log ride after it flipped over when the water pump malfunctioned. Paramedics were called to the scene and took the three victims to the Riverside Community Hospital Trauma Center.
The amusement park ride accident took place around 4:30 p.m. A number of families who were visiting the park said that they were surprised by the ride accident.
Castle Park officials and CAL/OSHA are investigating what may have caused the log ride accident. An official for Castle Park said that the rides are checked every morning and that nothing was found wrong.
Causes of Amusement Park Accidents
According to Trip Savvy, “The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) points out that roller coaster deaths are extremely rare. Their 2016 Ride Incident Survey Report revealed that approximately 384 million guests safely enjoyed 1.7 billion rides at 400 U.S. amusement parks. The chance of being seriously injured on a fixed-site ride at a U.S. amusement park, the organization states, is 1 in 17 million.” Still amusement parks do occasionally happen and may result in serious injuries including:
- Head, neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries from G-forces
- Lacerations, broken bones and torn ligaments
Rides are supposed to be inspected and maintained, but this does not always happen. A number of rides are poorly maintained and malfunction every year. Depending on the facts of any case there may be multiple sources of liability for an amusement park ride accident.
Liability In Amusement Park Ride Accidents
Castle Park in Riverside and other amusement parks have a legal obligation to provide their guests with a reasonably safe environment. According to the California Civil Code § 1714 subsection (a), “Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself.”
According to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CSPC), there are a number of factors that could lead to a amusement park accidents. This may include:
- Mechanical Failures: The lap bar holding riders down may malfunction and eject riders. Water rides are operated through a series of hydraulic pumps. If these malfunction, it can cause a ride to flip over.
- Improper Ride Operation: Amusement park employees are supposed to make sure that guests are properly stropped in. In many situations this does not happen.
- Improper Maintenance: Roller coasters and amusement park rides need regular maintenance and inspections. Components break down over time and need to be replaced.
Any person that is injured in an amusement park ride accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a personal injury claim can include compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Even a moderate traumatic brain injury can cost over $1,000,000 in lifetime medical care and related costs. In order to save money following an accident, insurance companies for amusement parks will often work hard to deny liability. A premises liability attorney can investigate your claim free of cost and let you know what your options are.
Getting Help After An Amusement Park Ride Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to the family that was injured in the log ride accident at Castle Park in Riverside. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Someone could have easily been killed. Any witnesses should come forward and speak with police. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an amusement park ride accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about your rights or need a free investigation into a particular incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.