While roller coasters are subject to numerous safety regulations and risk management protocols, accidents and injuries at Las Vegas amusement parks still happen. If you are injured or a loved one is killed at an amusement park, you have the right to pursue compensation with the help of a Las Vegas personal injury attorney.
Some of the most common causes of roller coaster accidents that are fatal or result in injury are:
The party that is ultimately liable for an accident will depend on the cause and whether the park or an employee acted negligently.
The most common amusement park injuries include:
Due to the nature of roller coaster accidents, injuries tend to be severe and frequently result in significant medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In some cases, victims suffer psychological trauma as well, which can cause lifelong repercussions.
Victims injured in a roller coaster accident in Las Vegas are entitled to compensation for:
If the amusement park or an employee exhibited extremely reckless or egregious behavior, you might recover punitive damages. Punitive damages are rarely awarded and meant to punish the defendant (at-fault party).
When someone knowingly participates in an inherently dangerous activity (e.g., riding a roller coaster), they know there are certain risks involved in going on that ride. In other words, they are assuming those risks. When a person is injured in a roller coaster accident, an amusement park will often deny liability under Nevada’s assumption of risk doctrine. However, this defense will only apply when:
That does not mean, however, that all liability falls on an injured guest. An amusement park may be entirely or partially liable for the role they played in the accident and whether their negligence contributed to causing it.