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Amusement park visitors at risk for injuries

Many people find it hard to resist the thrill and excitement of theme parks. However, each year thousands of people who go to amusement parks in Florida become injured. Commonly sustained injuries are cuts, bruises, scrapes and broken bones. In some cases, people have been reportedly killed from accidents on amusement rides.

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, in 2013, an estimated 1,356 people were injured while at an amusement park. Family and adult accidents that occurred on rides accounted for 53.1 percent of amusement park trauma, while 6.4 percent of children’s rides accidents were the cause of injury for younger guests. The percent of injuries that were sustained on roller coasters was 40.5. Park patrons whose injuries required hospitalization accounted for 6.9 percent of the total. The percentage of minor injuries that were reported was 93.1.

There are many factors that lead to theme park injuries. The New York Times states that it is often challenging for amusement parks to enforce certain ride rules, leading to issues that can result in injury to guests. Young ride operators are uncomfortable stopping patrons who do not meet ride criteria. Other amusement park employees may not turn riders away for fear of lawsuits. Guests who suffer from obesity, disabilities and preexisting medical conditions are not so easy to identify. Some people may not be aware they have health issues that may put their safety at risk on rides. There are also patrons who disregard the rules, such as keeping their hands and feet inside of the rides at all times during operations.

It is important for people to understand and comply with amusement park rules. They should also be aware of their physical and medical limitations. Failure to do so could result in injury.

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