Amusement parks may have to cover whiplash injuries

On Behalf of | Jul 19, 2019 | Personal Injury

You wanted to spend a nice day out with friends and family at a local amusement park. You brought lots of food and water with you, and you got ready to go on rides and experience the activities in these places.

Not long after you arrived, you decided to go on a small rollercoaster. At the end, it stopped very abruptly, and you were thrown forward. It turns out that the ride operator stopped it too quickly, and many people complained that they had headaches and pain afterward.

If something like this happens to you, you need to seek medical care. It’s possible to suffer whiplash from a rollercoaster, and if it’s the result of an operator’s mistakes, then you can ask the amusement park to cover your medical care and other losses.

Why do roller coasters cause whiplash?

Not all do, but some will as a result of quickly speeding up and stopping. A sudden stop throws people’s heads and necks forward, which can damage the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Although many people won’t feel the pain of whiplash right away, it can be obvious as soon as it happens. If not, it usually develops within 24 to 48 hours.

If you are hurt on a ride, it’s not always going to be negligence. However if you believe that the ride’s operator made a mistake or if they apologized for stopping the ride suddenly, then you may have a case to seek compensation. Your attorney will talk to you more about the specifics of your case and if you may have a claim.


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