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South Carolina has many amusement parks throughout the state. Thousands of people visit amusement parks every year. Unfortunately, severe or fatal injury accidents can occur when park management, staff, or guests aren’t careful. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) reports 1,299 ride-related injuries across theme parks in the U.S. and Canada in a single recent year.

If you’ve been injured at an amusement park in South Carolina, contact us online or call the experienced personal injury attorney. The South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Jebaily Law Firm offer the following tips to help keep you and your family safe at theme parks.

How To Stay Safe at Amusement Parks

Here are some tips for staying safe when you visit an amusement park:

  • Follow park rules. These rules are in place to keep everyone safe, so be sure to follow all posted signs and instructions from park employees.
  • Protect yourself from the sun and heat. It’s easy to become overheated when you’re at an amusement park, so be sure to stay hydrated throughout your visit. Wear sunscreen as well so you don’t get sunburned.
  • Be aware of water hazards. Water parks and certain attractions at other amusement parks have additional safety hazards. Use appropriate caution near water. If you’re not a strong swimmer, take extra precautions.
  • Stay away from restricted areas. Amusement park patrons can get hurt by wandering into work sites, backstage areas, and other restricted areas of the park.
  • Have an emergency plan. If you’re traveling with a group, have a designated time and place to meet up if you become separated. That way, you can alert park staff if anything happens.
  • Travel in groups. If you’re with someone else, they can call for help if you’re injured so you can get treatment quickly.
  • Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions. Some amusement parks require guests to purchase tickets in advance. Some ask visitors to demonstrate that they’ve gotten a vaccine or a recent negative test for the virus. Many parks also mandate social distancing.

Following Theme Park Safety Regulations

Following the rules of the amusement park is key to having a safe and fun visit. Some of the more common regulations you’ll find at amusement parks include:

  • Obey all posted signs and park rules.
  • You must comply with instructions from park employees.
  • Stay away from restricted areas within the park.
  • Comply with all ride height and weight restrictions.
  • If alcohol is not allowed in the park, don’t try to bring your own alcoholic beverages inside.
  • Check to see if the park you’re visiting bans certain items, such as cameras, selfie sticks, drones, etc.
  • If you want to enter the park, you may need to have your bags searched.
  • If the park has a dress code, follow it.

Have You Been Injured at an Amusement Park?

Some of the more common injuries that happen at amusement parks include:

  • Whiplash injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Drownings
  • Severe cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Neck, back, and shoulder injuries
  • Damage to the head and face
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Injuries or death from being ejected from a ride
  • Violent attacks
  • Burns and smoke inhalation

Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys Today

The South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Jebaily Law Firm have experience handling amusement park accident claims. Our team is ready to discuss your case in detail during a free consultation when you contact our offices in Florence or North Myrtle Beach today.

Jebaily Law Firm

Jebaily Law Firm, is one of South Carolina’s long-established and well-respected legal practices. With offices in Florence, North Myrtle Beach, and Myrtle Beach, S.C., we are trial lawyers focused on plaintiff litigation in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and social security disability. Established in 1969, we have more than 100 years of combined legal experience in protecting the rights of clients and advocating for the safety and well-being of South Carolina citizens.