By David Wolf, Child Injury Lawyer
It is common to see fairs, amusement parks, and festivals in just about every community on a regular basis. When a person visits an area with amusement rides, it is the rightful expectation of the the visitor that the rides are safe, that the rides are inspected, and that the rides are well maintained. Unfortunately, for some visitors, including children, a fair, theme park, amusement park, or festival is the site of an accident or incident that causes serious personal injuries. When a ride breaks down or malfunctions, a person can be put at great danger for personal injuries. This applies to both adults and children. For each State, there is a division of government that regulates and inspects fairground rides and amusement park rides. Typically, the duties and responsibilities for inspection fall under the Department of Agriculture but it does depend on the specific State laws and regulations. Regardless of the particular entity charged with this responsibility, it is vital that business owners, property owners and promoters comply with the applicable laws, rules and regulations. Furthermore, additional steps should be taken to make sure that the rides are safe and well maintained. When the ride is in operation, it is important that all safety measures are taken with respect to the overall control of the ride and the individual seats and ride units. All latches should be secured and seatbelt should be worn as provided.