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Families Remain Worried over Possibility of Amusement Park Accident

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Washington, DCThe threat of a potential amusement park accident has left many families worried about the facilities in the upcoming summer months, as people are more wary of the possibility of serious injury while on a ride, The Washington Times reported.

According to the news outlet, millions of people visit amusement parks each year without encountering any trouble, but there are some Americans who have entered into a site and were unable to make it out alive.

A majority of the injuries that occur at these sites are related to someone ignoring the rules of the ride, or through a defective or faulty part that is attached to one of the structures. Park employees are responsible for the maintenance of these rides, but there is often a lack of technical knowledge that contributes to the discovery of any broken machinery, according to the Times.

Along with this lack of technical knowledge, park workers can also fail to do proper safety checks. These employees, who are responsible for people who go on the rides, can become distracted and fail to operate the equipment safely.

According to the news outlet, the lack of special attention paid to their tasks and responsibilities could lead to a lawsuit over any amusement park accident, as pain and suffering that is caused by any equipment malfunction may be something that may leave the operator or company liable.

IO9 Vernon Township News reported that the lack of knowledge of amusement park liability in accidents was one of the reasons that the Action Park in Vernon Township, New Jersey, was allowed to stay open after several people died on its rides.

According to the news source, from 1978 to 1996 the park was responsible for the death of six people, along with a number of injuries that ranged from scrapes and bruises to the near-severing of limbs.

"Apparently my sub 100 lbs. body was not heavy enough for the ride and rather than sticking to the slide on the back end of the loop, I actually fell to the bottom of the loop. I smacked the back of my head on the slide and was nearly knocked unconscious," one visitor recalled to the news source.

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