Yesterday, three people were injured at Knott's Berry Farm when a wheel fell off a stagecoach, causing it to tip. The accident could have been much worse -- fourteen people were riding the stagecoach when the ride malfunctioned.
Amusement park accidents should be rare, but Knott's Berry Farm has had multiple malfunctions this year alone. In September, for example, a brake froze on its WindSeeker ride, causing the ride to malfunction and the closure of the ride around the country. That particular Dutch-manufactured ride had malfunctioned twice in just two weeks.
Thankfully, the individuals injured in the recent amusement park ride accident only suffered minor injuries. Other amusement park riders are not as lucky. For example, one young man that we represented was thrown from Disneyland's Roger Rabbit ride and suffered severe brain and spinal cord injuries. We demanded changes in both policies at Disneyland and amusement park laws.
If you have been injured in an amusement park ride, you deserve equal attention to your injury and scrutiny of the policies and laws that could have led to your injury. A fun event should never turn to tragedy because an amusement park was not careful enough or a ride was defective.
Source: NBC4, "3 Hospitalized in Knott's Berry Farm Ride Accident," Jason Kandel, Dec. 30, 2012