Amusement Park Accident in Miami

Ride Breaks While In Use at Miami-Dade County Youth Fair

A chilling video from the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair in late March depicted a ride malfunctioning with fifteen people on board. Videos posted on social media show the 1001 Nachts ride swinging as high as 60 feet in the air. The malfunction is visible in the videos, clearly illustrating the dangers posed by malfunctioning amusement park rides. Fortunately, the amusement park accident didn’t result in any injuries, reportedly caused by a loose driveline. North American Midway Entertainment, the ride’s operator, attempted to downplay the seriousness of the issue. They stated that the ride had experienced a mechanical, non-structural issue. The company assured that all proper safety precautions had been taken. The operating company asserted that “it’s mechanical equipment and there are going to be minor things.” NBC Miami reported that the ride would be shut down for the foreseeable future. State officials need to inspect it to determine the cause of the malfunction and when it would be safe to operate again.

Given the nature of the activities, many amusement park rides like the 1001 Nachts ride can be extremely dangerous. If the ride’s operator or staff cut corners or do not take all proper safety precautions, the danger increases. Although the 1001 Nachts ride apparently malfunctioned without causing injuries, the situation is concerning. The company’s cavalier attitude with a ride that swings people 60 feet in the air is discouraging. A malfunctioning ride that potential endangers fifteen people is no “minor thing.”

Amusement and Adventure Park Ride Safety In Florida

Florida is one of the major global hotspots for tourism. A large part of the state’s economy, particularly in Central Florida, relies on tourism. This includes resorts, theme parks, and amusement parks. However, not all amusement or adventure parks or rides offer the same level of safety. Many ride operators may have a checkered safety history. They may have provided little to no training on how to safely restrain riders or even operate amusement park rides. Therefore, it is crucial to be careful when visiting an amusement park or riding a ride to ensure your safety, given the attitudes some ride operators appear to have about their customers’ safety.

Contact Schwed, Adams & McGinley

At Schwed, Adams & McGinley, our experienced personal injury attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience representing those injured in a wide variety of scenarios, including Florida amusement or adventure park accidents like the recent incident in Miami at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair. Amusement and adventure parks and the rides at these parks can be fun and exciting, but accidents can and do occur regularly due to the checkered safety records or lack of proper safety precautions at many of these parks or the inadequate training of many ride operators and/or their staff. If you or one of your loved ones have been the victim of a Florida amusement or adventure park accident, you may be entitled to substantial damages. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been injured in such an accident, contact our experienced personal injury attorneys today at contact@schwedlaw.com or (877) 694-6079 for a free consultation.