With over a dozen locations spread throughout the country, Six Flags is one of the most famous, beloved, and immediately recognizable theme parks in the United States. But while Six Flags provides family fun and warm memories for the overwhelming majority of its visitors, several accidents have taken place in the past.
If you were hurt in an accident at Six Flags, you may be able to receive compensation for the pain, suffering, and financial hardship your injuries have burdened you with. An experienced attorney may be able to help. To schedule a completely free and confidential legal consultation, call the Six Flags accident injury lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 709-6940. If the statute of limitations expires, you will no longer have the opportunity to file a claim, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Call our law offices today to start exploring your options.
How Our Six Flags Accident Injury Attorneys Can Help
When you enter an amusement park, you rightfully assume that all of the proper precautions have been taken to protect your safety as a paying customer. Rides must be assembled to specifications, regularly inspected, and subject to routine maintenance. Ride operators must be vigilant, attentive, and properly trained to safely run the park’s attractions. Finally, the premises itself must be kept reasonably free of hazardous conditions to help ensure visitor safety. If you were seriously injured or lost a loved one, in certain situations the park may be financially liable for your losses.
Let the knowledgeable theme park accident lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm help you seek the justice you deserve. Our committed legal team is equipped with more than 34 years of practical experience handling a broad spectrum of personal injury and wrongful death matters related to amusement parks, and have litigated cases involving a wide variety of injuries and attractions. When you need the support of an aggressive, client-focused, results-oriented legal team, you can call on The Reiff Law Firm for assistance.
Common Accidents and Injuries at Six Flags
Six Flags made its world debut in 1962. In more than half a century of operation, fatal and nonfatal incidents have been documented.
Most recently, in July of 2014, the Ninja Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California experienced problems after the front of the coaster train collided with a fallen tree branch. The train immediately derailed from the track, stranding approximately two dozen riders for several hours before rescue arrived. Several passengers were hospitalized with head injuries.
Other documented incidents include:
- July 19, 2000 — A 12-year-old girl lost part of her right big toe on the Cajun Cliffhanger, which is no longer in operation. The accident was attributed to improper ride operation.
- May 1, 2004 — A 55-year-old man was ejected from Superman: Ride of Steel. The man later passed away from his injuries.
- June 21, 2007 — A 13-year-old girl’s feet were severed by a broken cable on the Superman: Tower of Power.
Who Is Injured Most Often at Six Flags Amusement Parks?
In general, it is estimated that amusement park accidents in the United States are split almost evenly between children and adults, though children between 10 and 14 account for approximately 20% of documented incidents.
While many people associate accidents with roller coasters, rides of any type can trigger catastrophe, including small, slow rides intended for young children and family entertainment. In fact, one study published in Clinical Pediatrics determined that seemingly harmless carousels and merry-go-rounds accounted for approximately one-fifth of all accidents involving children.
Furthermore, it is important to point out that not all injuries which occur at theme parks are necessarily related to a ride. For example, if the conditions are correct, a slip and fall accident can easily occur. According to the CDC, accidents of this type are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults aged 65 and older. These falls can be caused by factors like slippery patches, loose cables on the ground, and loose or broken railings.
Common injuries which accident victims might experience include:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Head Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
If you or someone you love was hurt at a Six Flags theme park, someone may be financially liable for your losses. To arrange a free and private case evaluation, call the attorneys of The Reiff Law Firm at (215) 709-6940, or contact us online today.