Avoid Injuries on State Fair and Amusement Rides

The Florida State Fair starts today. Enjoy the fried Oreos and fried mashed potatoes and gravy. Also, enjoy the rides like the Zipper, the Sizzler or the Tilt-A-Whirl. But, be aware of the dangers that are associated with these rides. Thousands of people are injured on these types of rides throughout the world.

According to one source, wooden roller coasters cause the most injuries. The majority of injuries was neck and back related and more injuries happened to riders sitting towards the rear of the ride. Also, abdominal and thigh related injuries were due to an overly tight restraint. For carnival rides, back and neck injuries were the most common type of injury. These injuries generally were associated with younger riders between the ages of 10-30 years of age.

The Fair and the companies that provide these rides have a legal duty to provide a safe ride to all who use them. The National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO) provides safety bulletins on some of the rides you may see at the Florida State Fair. Also, RideAccidents.comprovides information about amusement ride accidents around the world-the latest being five people being injured when a malfunction caused the gondola of a drop tower to fall about 50 feet. The accident happened as the gondola was ascending to its drop position at the top of the tower.

If you or a friend or family member are injured because negligence of the ride provider or operator caused injury, you have legal rights. Contact the attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes for a free case consultation.


Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Started in 1955, Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, PA has been caring for clients after amusement park accidents, automobile accidents, motorcycle crashes, and other personal injury matters. The companies have attorney protecting their interests-so should you!  Contact us today!

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