New Jersey Amusement Parks Can Be Dangerous Places


When people plan a fun day at a New Jersey amusement park, the last thing they expect is a tragic accident. Yet, there are many inherent hazards in amusement parks and numerous ways that visitors can be seriously or even fatally injured.

A reported string of accidents at New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure sheds light on the ever-present dangers at amusement parks. Since March of 2021, there have been 13 incidents at the park resulting in injuries or causing rides to be shut down. These were among the rides involved:

  • The Joker — A 12-year-old rider suffered a bloody head injury on the roller coaster on July 14 and was taken to a hospital. There has been no explanation of how the injury occurred.
  • Nitro — On July 11, a visitor reported the malfunction of a lap bar that is meant to keep the roller coaster rider secure in the car.
  • El Toro — On June 29, a train partially derailed and traveled most of the roller coaster’s course with its wheels out of place.
  • Saw Mill Log Flume — On June 13, a boat full of riders tipped over, apparently because a guard rail was broken and unfastened. Two riders were hospitalized.

An amusement park owes its patrons a high duty of care to maintain its premises and its rides and attractions in reasonably safe condition. A park also has an obligation to warn visitors of any known hazards and to repair them in a timely manner. Liability may be incurred for any accidents that result from failure to meet that duty of care. While roller coasters and other thrill rides pose the greatest dangers, other types of accidents can and do occur, such as:

  • Slip and falls — Wet surfaces, including food and beverage spills in dining areas, can lead patrons to fall and hurt themselves.
  • Trip and falls — If walkways or pavements are chipped, broken or improperly illuminated, they can present a hazard to pedestrians.
  • Water injuries — Many amusement parks have water parks or swimming pools. Hazardous slides, concealed objects and lack of adequate safety measures or supervision for water activities can lead to serious injuries or even to drowning.

Accidents can also occur due to poorly built facilities, equipment malfunctions or inadequate training of park employees.

Amusement park accidents can result in head injuries, broken bones, nerve damage, lacerations or even paralysis. If you were hurt at an amusement park due to the negligence of its owner, a park employee or a parts or equipment manufacturer, you may be able to recover damages in a premises liability lawsuit. This may include damages for pain and suffering or emotional distress.

The New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Siegel Law can help ensure you obtain the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled for your injuries at an amusement park. Call 201-444-4000 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation in our Ridgewood office.

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