The State of New Jersey has a number of renowned amusement parks. While amusement parks are popular family recreational facilities that attract millions of patrons each and every year, unfortunately, sometimes injuries occur while people are visiting. Some of the most popular amusement parks in New Jersey include the following:
- Clementon Amusement Park (Clementon, NJ)
- Wild West City (Stanhope, NJ)
- Eagleswood Amusement Park (Staffordville, NJ)
- Black Beard’s Cave (Bayville, NJ)
- Playland’s Castaway’s Cove (Ocean City, NJ)
- Land of Make Believe (Hope, NJ)
- Gillian’s Wonderland Pier (Ocean City, NJ)
- Bowcraft Amusement Park (Scotch Plains, NJ)
- Fantasy Island (Beach Haven, NJ)
- Morey’s Pier (Wildwood, NJ)
- Keansburg Amusement Park (Keansburg, NJ)
- Steel Pier (Atlantic City, NJ)
- Storybook Land (Egg Harbor Township, NJ)
- Funtown Pier (Seaside Park, NJ)
- The Fun Plex (East Hanover, NJ)
- The Fun Plex (Mount Laurel, NJ)
- Funtime America (Cliffwood Beach, NJ)
- I Play America (Freehold, NJ)
- Jenkinson’s (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ)
- Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)
Amusement parks owe a duty of care to the public to ensure that the rides are safe and that nothing happens to the individuals when riding. The duty of care imposed on an operative amusement park is similar to any other public transportation system such as a bus or subway. Often times, amusement park accidents are caused by defective equipment or negligent operation of the attraction.
Most Common Causes for Amusement Park Personal Injuries
Between 1990 and 2000, approximately 82,000 children under the age of 18 were taken to emergency rooms after suffering injuries from amusement park rides. Girls were injured more often than boys and the most frequent types of injuries were to the head, neck, arms, face and legs. Most of the injuries were caused by improper restraints or padding or were caused by the rider falling in, off or against the ride. The amusement park injuries are commonly caused by mechanical failure of the ride, such as a lap bar detaching or a structural component breaking, the ride itself may be overly dangerous, or the injury may be caused by the negligence of an employee working at the amusement park. Sometimes injuries occur at amusement parks while visitors ride transportation provided by the park, such as a monorail, bus, chairlift or gondola.
In the event that you suffer an injury at an amusement park in New Jersey, it is extremely important that you immediately document the scene of the accident. This is important, as the dangerous condition will be immediately repaired or cleaned up subsequent to you leaving the scene of the injury. If at all possible, it would be extremely helpful if you were able to obtain the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney Before Issuing a Statement
While at the scene where your accident occurred, personnel from the amusement park will often ask you for a statement of what happened. It is recommended that you do not provide the representative of the amusement park with either a written or recorded statement. Be forewarned that any information you provide to them will be used by them to their benefit in the event of a filing of a lawsuit. Subsequent to the accident, you may receive correspondence from the insurance company on behalf of the amusement park asking for you to contact them. Once again, it is strongly recommended that you speak with an experienced amusement park personal injury lawyer prior to speaking to any representatives on behalf of the amusement park.
Personal Injury Attorneys Serving the Jersey Shore
The personal injury lawyers at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. have years of experience in handling personal injury cases in New Jersey. In the unfortunate event that you get injured in an accident at a New Jersey amusement park, please call our NJ Amusement Park Injury Law Firm to arrange for your free consultation. The New Jersey lawyers at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. will work with safety experts and investigators to determine the cause of your accident which took place at an amusement park.
Through the joint efforts of our attorneys, experts and investigators, we can bring to light possible errors, such as malfunctioning motors, failed safety belts, poor maintenance or improper supervision by the ride attendant, in order to ensure that your claim is pursued professionally. We will work hard to provide you with the best possible chance of receiving recovery that you deserve as a result of the injury that you sustained. Please call today to schedule your free consultation with an experienced NJ Amusement Park Injury Lawyer at Villani & DeLuca, P.C.