How Should We Regulate Thrills? Attorneys at Console & Hollawell Explore the Lack of Federal Oversight in Amusement Park Safety

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In the wake of a deadly fall from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in July, amusement park safety has captured headlines nationwide. In his latest article, “The Regulation Dilemma When ‘Death-Defying’ Rides Don’t,” Richard P. Console, Jr., explores options regarding what state governments and amusement parks across the country can or should do to increase safety and prevent future fatal accidents.

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Amusement park safety is so important, especially as innovators continue to make roller coasters taller, faster, and steeper.

In the wake of a deadly fall from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in July, amusement park safety has captured headlines nationwide. Because no state agency is directly responsible for inspecting rides or investigating accidents in Texas, the park currently is leading its own investigation into the accident, according to July 22, 2013, NBC News* article “With No Safety Oversight, Six Flags Will Investigate Coaster Death Itself.” With his extensive legal experience and dedication to safety advocacy, Richard P. Console, Jr., examines the potential liability amusement parks may face in cases such as this accident and the statistical risks of suffering injuries at amusement parks.

“As statistically safe as these parks are, this accident wasn’t just an abnormality – for the victim’s family, it was a tragedy, and it’s worth reconsidering the effectiveness of current amusement park safety regulations,” Console said. “Serious amusement park accidents are like plane accidents: they’re rare, but when they happen, they’re catastrophic. That’s why safety is so important, especially as innovators continue to make roller coasters taller, faster, and steeper. No amusement park thrill is worth dying for.”

In his latest article, “The Regulation Dilemma When ‘Death-Defying’ Rides Don’t,” Console explores how New Jersey and Pennsylvania regulate amusement park safety. He weighs the options regarding what state governments and amusement parks across the country can or should do to increase safety and prevent future fatal accidents.

Read More: http://www.consoleandhollawell.com/law-blog/the-regulation-dilemma-when-death-defying-rides-dont/

*usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/21/19601083-with-no-safety-oversight-six-flags-will-investigate-coaster-death-itself?lite

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