While amusement park accidents are relatively rare, they do happen. At times, such accidents can happen because of the negligence of the park or of the inspector(s) of the ride.
It remains to be seen what caused the derailment of a roller coaster in Daytona Beach. The front car of the roller coaster was completely off the tracks and dangling when firefighters arrived on the scene. Two (2) people who were riding in the front car are reported to be seriously injured, as they fell 34 feet when the car was derailed. Several others were injured as well.
Officials have not disclosed what caused the ride to derail, and it remains unknown if they even know. Strangely enough, the ride that derailed was inspected the very same day it went off the tracks by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and it was found to be in compliance with state law. This intuitively sounds as if something is wrong or off, but that is the current, official stance. However, if and when the people who were injured decide they want to seek compensation for their pain and suffering because of the derailment, they may have a viable negligence claim against the park, and/or the inspectors and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For example, if the inspectors missed something, or did not conduct the inspection correctly, they could be held responsible for the derailment of the roller coaster and all of the people injured.
Amusement park accidents do happen. If you feel that you or a loved one’s injuries could have been prevented, please give the experienced attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. a call.
For tips on amusement park safety, please see Saferparks Safety Tips.