Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 09, 2012
The allure of the amusement park industry – water parks, traveling carnivals, and large theme parks – can be deceiving as numerous lives are shaken by serious injuries or deaths from going on thrill rides. To bring these potential risks as well as the shoddy regulation of such a prosperous industry to light, the law firm of Reiff & Bily announces that Philadelphia trial lawyer Jeffrey M. Reiff of the law firm and his son, Justin A. Reiff, a law student and litigation paralegal with the firm, recently wrote an article published in the August 2012 edition of Trial Magazine entitled, “Mayhem In The Park.”
When Nostalgia Turns into Horror
Most adults have fond memories of riding a Ferris wheel, carousel, or roller coaster as a child or in their later years. Whether a person means to recreate those thrilling and exciting experiences for their own entertainment or for that of their children or grandchildren, tragedy striking is not a far off possibility.
With about 1.8 billion people a year throughout the United States turning to amusement parks, water parks, and carnivals for entertainment, how is it possible that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is only given the authority to monitor rides that travel, like the ones at carnivals, as opposed to fixed-site amusement parks and water parks? This is one of many questions that Jeffrey and Justin Reiff hope to answer for curious and concerned consumers in their Trial Magazine article.
A Little Perspective Goes a Long Way
In the article, the shortcomings of the amusement park industry’s regulation of ride safety, design, and maintenance are highlighted. The article mentions that injuries on fixed-site amusement park rides spiked by nearly 25 percent in 2005 with the number of park visitors only increasing by 9.3 percent, as reported by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Although the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has received injury statistics from fixed-site amusement rides through surveys since 2001, not all establishments respond. Moreover, the CPSC and IAAPA report that of the 50 states, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah do not regulate amusement parks and Florida absolves several major theme parks from state regulation.
What does this data tell us? There are likely many more injuries and deaths caused by rides than the public is aware of, and there isn’t much being done to stop it from happening. However, with individuals standing up to the giants of the amusement park industry and spreading the word about the possible dangers consumers are exposed to without a blink of the eye towards safety, this is bound to change.
Critical Components of Litigation
Amusement park accident cases are far from easy to handle; however, they are more than worth the fight. As the majority of amusement park, water park, and carnival ride accident cases are confidential, there is plenty of information that consumers are denied; information that may directly affect their lives one day. When litigating these types of accident cases, there are crucial points for lawyers to take into account, including park staffing and supervision; client conduct; duty of care; failure to inspect and maintain; forensic investigation; other considerations like collaborating with other lawyers handling similar cases.
Advocates for Consumer Safety & Industry Overhaul
The amusement park accident attorneys at Reiff & Bily have made it their mission to reveal the many downfalls of how the amusement park industry regulates safety so as to help create change and encourage the federal government to close the gaps and demand efficient and strict rules and regulations. The cost of a life is far too great of an expense for the profitability of the amusement park industry. Jeffrey and Justin Reiff will continue to be advocates for consumers as well as those catastrophically injured and family members of those killed at the hands of poorly regulated thrill rides.