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Monday, August 7, 2017

Examining the Safety of NJ Fairs

What are my legal rights if I am injured at a fair in New Jersey?

A horrific Columbus, Ohio fair accident has spurred several other states to re-examine the safety of fair rides.  The recent Ohio accident involved a ride called the Fire Ball.  Riders were swung to extreme heights and speeds in the Fire Ball, when suddenly an arm of the ride broke, sending riders flying through the air.  One individual was killed and seven others injured in the accident.  Several people remain hospitalized more than a week after the incident.  In the wake of this tragic accident, fair goers and fair officials alike are rethinking the safety of fair rides.  Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys discuss fair safety and your rights if you are injured at the fair below.

Amusement Park Accident Statistics

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 30,000 injuries caused by amusement park attractions were treated in hospital emergency department in 2016 alone.  Since 2010, 22 people were killed on thrill rides.  Amusement park accidents include falls, being struck by debris, ride ejection, brake failure, ride malfunctions, and more.

New Jersey State Fair officials maintain that no one should be concerned about their safety.   New Jersey’s Department of Consumer Affairs, which handles fair ride inspections in the state, has already shut down two rides at two different fairs that were similar in nature to the Ohio Fire Ball.  The actions were precautionary, and the DCA plans to continue its regular protocol for inspections.  

Your Rights as an Amusement Park Accident Victim

If you are injured while at a fair or amusement park, it is imperative that you take immediate action to protect your health and legal rights.  Seek medical treatment for your injuries so that you do not experience worsening symptoms.  As soon as you are able, contact a personal injury lawyer.  Your attorney will initiate prompt investigations, gathering evidence that could point to the negligence of the fair or ride operators in causing your injuries.  Fair accident victims could be eligible to receive compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  

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