James Bowen, a 47-year-old man from New York alleges he was paralyzed and almost drowned at Universal Orlando Resort's Volcano Bay. Bowen decided to race his seven and thirteen-year-old daughters down a ride called the Punga Racers. Bowen climbed to the top of the Punga Racers with his daughters, passing multiple checks on the way. Once arriving at the top of the slide, Bowen followed a Universal Employee's instructions to lie with his stomach on a mat and go down the slide headfirst. When Bowen arrived at the bottom of the slide, his head hit a wall of water that caused his head to snap back violently. The impact caused a compression in Bowen's spine which left him paralyzed, floating face down in the water.
James Bowen has filed suit after sustaining a serious injury on a water slide at Universal's Volcano Bay.
According to the New Jersey State Police, a 10-year-old girl was ejected from a ride called "Extreme" at 6:18 p.m. on October 12, 2019. She suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:20 p.m.
The State Fair of Texas is investigating one of its rides after a woman, Dixie Dodd, reported a maintenance malfunction which left her 14-year-old son seriously injured. Dodd filed an incident report with the Dallas police, claiming that something went wrong, causing the safety bar on fair ride named "The Storm" to fly up, breaking her son's front teeth in half.
The Ohio State Fair, one of the largest in the nation, draws thousands of people for its fried food and thrilling amusement rides. The "aggressive thrill" ride at the carnival, called the Fire Ball, was a crowd favorite for its fierce swoops and circular swings. Unfortunately, on July 27, 2017, this crowd-thriller turned lethal as it snapped in motion.
In the U.S., millions of people of all ages visit theme parks each year. The initial fear of a ride usually stems from a possibility of accidents or the feeling of being out of control. Most people overcome their fears by assuring themselves that the rides offer a "safe" thrill. This unfortunately was not the case for Shatoya Meeks, who visited Six Flags Great America in July 2011, one of the nation's largest theme parks. Meeks was taken to the hospital after she sustained injuries to her wrist and hands while riding Wahoo Racer at the Gurnee at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. Meeks' attorneys claimed that Six Flags personnel failed to operate the slide properly, failed to inspect the ride prior to opening, and failed to warn park customers of the present dangers.
On August 7, 2016, Caleb Schwab visited the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas with his three brothers and parents. Unfortunately, due to a horrific incident on the Verrückt-deemed the world's tallest waterslide-Caleb never returned home.
Every spring, people come from far and wide to Houston for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Rodeo offers many attractions including concerts, rodeo events, livestock shows, and amusement park festivities. Inevitably, with so many people concentrated in a relatively small area, accidents, and injuries are sure to occur. We have seen catastrophic injury cases, including death cases, occur at the Rodeo over the years. I am talking about serious bodily injury and death striking patrons of the Rodeo - not just the bull riders.
Each summer, thousands of children attempt to fully utilize their break from school as a time to have fun and to enjoy the outdoors. Of course, that line of reasoning sends families across the country to water parks to enjoy the various rides that parks offer and spend family time together. Unfortunately, though, there are numerous dangers that water parks pose to visitors, one of which became all too real for a Kansas family on August 8, 2016.
A day at the water park was supposed to be the 20th birthday celebration for Ms. Tolyndra Pierre but instead ended in a trip to the hospital after Ms. Pierre broke her ankle while riding the King Cobra water slide at Six Flags in New Jersey.