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A woman is killed in a fall from a Texas roller coaster. A six-year-old boy is killed in a ride accident at a Pennsylvania carnival. A three-year-old girl suffers fatal head injuries on a ride at an amusement park in Las Vegas. A 57-year-old woman is killed and a four-year-old girl left paralyzed after a miniature train derails and overturns at an Indiana amusement park. A boy dies in a fall from a Ferris wheel in New Jersey

These were all real events, and many more like them occur every year all across the United States. Accidents at amusement parks and on rides at carnivals and other sites result in an alarming number of injuries – an average of roughly 9,000 per year, according to estimates by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

If you or someone you know suffered a severe injury on an amusement ride, you may want to contact an amusement park ride injury attorney for a free evaluation of your case.

While many of the injures are minor and result in little more than scrapes and bruises, many others are very serious. An average of 4.5 per year result in death.

A number of the mishaps and resulting injuries are no doubt at least partly the fault of reckless riders, but many others are caused by negligence including defective machinery or careless ride operators.

Many of the accidents result in lawsuits, with the amusement park and ride owners eventually making substantial compensation to victims. People severely injured because of an amusement park (called fixed-site) or mobile amusement rides should contact an experienced attorney.

The injury lawyers at Kline & Specter have won major awards and settlements in a variety of premises and product liability lawsuits, many of them very involved and complex. (See our Major Victories.) In 2010, Tom Kline won a settlement of nearly $2 million in a Pittsburgh case in which a woman was killed when when a pavilion collapsed at Kennywood Park. (See stories and TV clips).

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Non-Occupational Amusement Ride Injury Estimates

Year Mobile Rides Fixed-Site Rides Total
1997 2,800 5,100 7,800
1998 2,900 6,400 9,300
1999 2,900 7,700 10,600
2000 4,000 6,700 10,700
2001 2,700 5,800 8,500
2002 3,000 3,800 6,800

Source: U.S. CPSC, based on emergency room reports.
(1997 apparent total inaccuracy is due to estimates being rounded to the nearest 100.)

Most common types of amusement ride injuries, by part of the body, 1993-2000:

Body Part Number Percentage
Neck 10,669 16.24
Trunk, lower 7,842 11.94
Head 6,641 10.11
Trunk, upper 6,059 9.22
Face 5,296 8.06
Shoulder 3,133 4.77
Knee 2,941 4.48
Ankle 2,864 4.36
Foot 2,653 4.04
Wrist 2,489 3.79
Finger 2,406 3.66
Leg, lower 1,576 2.40
Eyeball 1,559 2.37
Elbow 1,520 2.31
Hand 1,246 1.90
Arm, lower 1,005 1.53
Leg, Upper 943 1.44
Mouth 916 1.39
Ear 798 1.22

Source: U.S. CPSC, based on injuries suffered from 1993-2000