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Amusement Park Accident in New Jersey

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At the annual Deerfield Township Harvest Festival in New Jersey this year a young 10 year old girl was thrown from one of the festival amusement rides. The ride itself is described as rotating the riders in a horizontal circle. The seriously injured girl was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she was sadly pronounced deceased. Why she was ejected from the ride is still under investigation.

Of course most festival, carnival and amusement park rides go off without a hitch every day across America. Still, this tragic story of the death of one of our local youths once again brings to light the inherent risks involved in such rides. Whether or not this fatal accident was caused by negligence or not, it reminds us that mechanical failure, improper operation, riders who don’t follow instructions, and the inherent nature of such rides and are the leading causes of injuries and fatalities related to amusement parks rides (from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Amusement Park Ride Statistics

  • Each year there are approx. twenty injuries that require hospitalization for people under the age of 18 at amusement parks.
  • In the year 2011 over 1,200 people were injured at 400 amusement parks across the nation.
  • According to Wikipedia from 1987-2000 there were an estimated 4 1/2 amusement park ride deaths each year (on average).
  • According to Wikipedia from 1990-2004 there were 52 deaths associated with amusement park rides.

At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates we have seen the havoc and suffering that rides at amusement parks can cause. We know that some of our local community individuals and families have been adversely affected by them. We are to help. If you been injured, or your family has experienced a fatality at an amusement park, festival, or carnival then you may be due compensation for pain, suffering, and medical expenses. Contact us online or call us at<a href=”tel:718-407-4123 “>718-407-4123</a> today. We serve the communities of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and New York and New Jersey.


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