Some days it seems like water parks are made for the “dog days of summer.” After all, how better is it to beat the heat by sliding down a waterslide, hanging out on a lazy river or even playing in a wave pool. Indeed, water parks have such a following that even after summer ends, people will flock to indoor facilities to continue the summertime fun.
With more than 50 million people attending water parks in the United States each year, accidents are certain to occur. Indeed, may be injured if they run where they are not supposed to, but many harmful accidents occur around waterslides. Basically, some slides may have dangerous design defects.
In 2016, a 10-year-old boy was killed after being thrown from a new waterslide in Kansas. Another boy was seriously injured earlier this summer in California under strikingly similar circumstances. In more common circumstances, riders could be lodged in a slide outside of a lifeguard’s view, only to be injured when someone comes down.
It is expected that water park owners use reasonable care in keeping park goers safe from hidden hazards. As such, water park staff must complete safety checks on a daily basis, enforce applicable safety rules and have appropriate signage about temporary hazards. If a water park fails to use reasonable care in these areas and a patron is injured as a result, the park could be held liable.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a water park, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.