As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I know that catastrophic and life-changing injuries can occur as a result of carnival accidents. Each year, millions of Texans flock to the Texas State Fair in Dallas, as well as to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, where they ride the Ferris wheels, carousel, bumper cars, haunted houses and more.
Unfortunately, these rides pose a high risk. These fly-by-night fair operators are likely to hire inexperienced non-professionals, temporary workers, kids and college students, or seasonal workers who are improperly trained and unfamiliar with critical safety issues and potential dangers to assemble their rides and other attractions. In many situations, these rides are constructed on grass or other less-than-solid ground, which could potentially cause the ride to become unstable.
Smaller rides, such as those found at shopping malls, tourist attractions, or in restaurants like Chuck E. Cheese can also cause serious injuries to riders – particularly to younger children. In many cases, these rides are completely unattended.
Common Causes of Carnival Accidents
Some of the most common causes of fair and carnival accidents in the DFW metroplex include:
- Operator behavior or error
- Insufficient training of ride operator
- Failure to load or unload ride in a safe and proper manner
- Operating ride at an excessive or unsafe speed
- Abruptly starting or stopping ride
- Failure to shut off
- Improper height or weight restrictions
- Failure to post proper warnings
- Mechanical failure
- Design defects or limitations
- Structural flaws
- Engineering defects
- Electrical shorts or failures
- Sharp and protruding parts
- Inadequate padding
- Improper maintenance, installation or assembly
- Worn or faulty safety straps or harnesses
- Safety lock failure
- Exposed electrical wires
- Water damage or rust
Your Options If You've Been Hurt at a Fair
If you've been hurt at a fairground, you have two main options.
Depending on the severity and cause of your injury, you may choose to pursue no action against the fairground. This is particularly in the case of minor injuries that did not require a visit to a doctor, or those that were mostly self-inflicted (not the fault of the fairground).
If your injury was more serious and you believe the carnival operators or manufacterers were to blame for it, as is often the case, you may pursue a claim against the fairground. Many times, such claims will involve a combination of negligent or tort law, product liability law, and premises liability law. It is therefore important that you hire a board certified personal injury trial lawyer who has considerable experience in all such areas.
Contact a Board Certified Lawyer
If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury as a result of any amusement park, carnival or fairground ride, it is important that you consult with a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer before you accept any settlement from the ride operator’s insurance company or legal team. For a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case, please contact our experienced attorneys today.
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