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Roller coaster derailment injures 9 people

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2018 | Premises Liability

Many South Carolina residents enjoy going to amusement parks and riding on roller coasters. While these rides are mostly safe, accidents sometimes occur. Recently, a roller coaster derailed in Daytona Beach, Florida, causing two people to fall 34 feet to the ground and leaving two others dangling from the ride until they were rescued.

According to news reports, the roller coaster had been inspected on the morning of the accident and passed its inspection. It was inspected a second time after the accident and found to be deficient because of a structural integrity problem. In two previous inspections in May, the roller coaster had failed because of several different deficiencies. However, those issues had been corrected before the accident.

A total of six riders had to be taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. On June 15, the hospital said that it admitted nine people who were involved in the roller coaster accident. A total of 10 people were on the roller coaster at the time that the cars derailed. The ride was purchased in 2013 from a closed amusement park and was 40 years old.

While roller coaster accidents are relatively rare, they sometimes still occur. When people are injured in a roller coaster accident that results from the negligence of others, they may be able to recover damages by filing premises liability lawsuits. Injured victims and the families of people who are killed may want to consult with experienced personal injury lawyers so that they might be able to learn about their potential rights. The attorneys may conduct in-depth investigations to identify the causes of the accidents and all of the parties who are responsible.

Source: CNN, “Florida agency probing roller coaster derailment in Daytona Beach,” Jamiel Lynch, June 16, 2018