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California Amusement Park Accident Injures Three

Craig McClellan

On Sunday, three people were hospitalized for minor injuries after the Knott's Berry Farm stagecoach they were riding in lost its back wheel and tipped over. There were fourteen people on the ride at the time of the amusement park accident in Buena Park, California -- thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

Yet, no matter how serious the injury, if there was negligence involved, the injured individuals can bring a personal injury claim to recover compensation for their medical bills and other economic and noneconomic damages. Determining who is liable can be challenging. Take, for example, the Knott's Berry Farm accident. Depending on the results of the investigation, there could be multiple liable parties, such as:

  • The amusement park, for failure to maintain its rides
  • The ride's manufacturer
  • The manufacturer of the wheel or another defective part
  • The ride's operator / amusement park employee

An amusement park accident lawyer can investigate the accident and bring a claim against all negligent parties. While there are few federal safety regulations for amusement parks, the parks must comply with local safety codes. By looking through maintenance records, it may be possible to show that the park did not meet safety codes.

In Knott's Berry Farm's case, this is the second time the park has had a ride malfunction in less than a year. In September, a brake froze on the park's WindSeeker ride.

Source: NBC4, " 3 Hospitalized in Knott's Berry Farm Ride Accident," Jason Kandel, Dec. 31, 2012