Defective Amusement Park Rides Comments Off
The family of 3-year-old Kalyn Pennygraph who was thrown off the Techno Jump ride at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last March, has received an $80,000 settlement from the carnival operator. According to a news report in The Daily Mail, the girl was thrown off the ride after she slipped from under a restraint and suffered a concussion. Kalyn’s mother sued the carnival operator, Ray Cammack Shows, in November seeking compensation for medical care, physical pain, mental anguish as well as for current and probable future physical impairment.
According to the settlement, Kalyn will receive payments worth at least $50,000 to help her during her college years and another $27,500 to cover medical expenses and attorneys’ fees. An injury report states that the girl boarded the ride with her brother as their mother supervised them. She was reportedly tall enough to ride on the Techno Jump at the time. The child suffered a concussion and bruising to her face and head. After the incident, the ride operator required any child too short to ride alone to be accompanied by an individual aged 16 or over.
Ride Accident Statistics
According to the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), an estimated 500 million guests visit carnivals, fairs and festivals each year and more than half of them participate in mobile amusement rides. The National Safety Council reports that amusement ride-related accident injuries were up by 11.1 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. More than half of the injuries in 2010 occurred on family and adult rides. Roller coasters accounted for 35.9 percent of injuries in 2010, more than in any other years except for 2004. After increasing nearly 5 percent from 2008 to 2009, the proportion of injuries associated with children’s rides declined more than 3 percent from 2009 to 2010.
Amusement ride-related incidents can result in major if not fatal injuries. Injured victims in such cases can file a personal injury claim against the ride operator, the carnival operator, or the manufacturer of a defective part or ride equipment, depending on the circumstances of the incident. Injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled amusement ride-related incidents.