There’s nothing like the thrill of a careening roller coaster, or the bone-jarring flips and twists of the Vortex. As they say, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. And as Denver personal injury lawyers ― that’s when we get a call.

Amusement parks are fun because the thrill rides are supposed to be safe. We reassure ourselves that they are inspected regularly. We trust trade-group statistics that say our chances of being seriously injured at a fixed-site amusement park are one in 24 million. But after a summer that saw a Texas woman fall to her death from a Six Flags roller coaster… and several others seriously injured on the Vortex at the North Carolina State Fair… it’s time to check the facts. Here are a few:

  • Colorado amusement parks are regulated by the Department of Labor, which employs one field inspector to monitor 100 licensed operators in the state.
  • The operators are required to get an annual third-party inspection ― otherwise, they do their own regular inspections.
  • A KDVR report this summer revealed that nine Colorado operators had been fined as of July ― only one due to a safety violation.
  • The last major accident in Colorado reportedly occurred in 2010 at the Tiny Town attraction in Morrison. An improperly trained operator caused a train to tip over, injuring 15 people.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of the 52-year-old Texas victim, who witnesses said may not have been properly secured in her seat by a park attendant at the beginning of the ride. The lawsuit names Six Flags and the ride’s manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, as codefendants.

Warnings, guidelines, and at your own risk signs are all over amusement parks ― but the operators still have a responsibility to properly inspect and maintain their equipment, train and monitor their employees and ensure the safety of their guests.

If you or a loved one is injured due to negligence at an amusement park or other attraction, a premises liability attorney can guide you in seeking fair compensation.

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Call a trusted attorney at Bell & Pollock, P.C. at (303) 795-5900 to get on the road to recovery now. You can also email our firm via the contact firm on this page.

As proud champions of the people, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions, explain the law and your rights, and help you take whatever steps necessary to recover the compensation you’re entitled to. With us in your corner, you can be confident that you have the legal support and representation necessary to successfully resolve your claim.

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