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What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Theme Park Accidents

What Happened In Water Rapids Ride Accident That Killed Four?

At least one Florida theme park is shutting down its water rapids ride in response to a fatal water rapids ride accident at an Australian theme park that killed four adults. According to Central Florida News 13, Busch Gardens in Tampa has decided to shut down its Congo River Rapids water ride while investigators in Australia try to determine why two people were thrown from the Thunder River Rapids ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland, Australia, and killed, and two others were killed while still within the ride. Thunder River Rapids features large, multi-person rafts that float down a not-so-lazy river. It is not considered particularly dangerous. The ride is considered to be family-friendly and even allows children to ride. There is no word as to whether the other large theme park operators in Florida — Universal Studios and Walt Disney World — plan to shut down their similar rides such as Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure, or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As we have written previously here, many people do not realize that the rides at the large Florida theme parks are not safety-checked by the State of Florida. Our thoughts are prayers obviously go out to the surviving families of the victims. A theme park is almost the very last place most people would expect to suffer such a staggering loss. We represent people who have been injured, or who have lost loved ones in accidents at Florida’s theme parks, including ride injuries. If you have any questions regarding a potential case or claim, please call me or Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901, or visit...

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Injured On Vacation In Florida? Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Theme Park Accidents, Types of Accidents, Uncategorized

Injured On Vacation In Florida?  Your Case’s Value Might Surprise You…

We are fortunate enough to frequently be asked to represent travelers who have been injured in accident while here in Central Florida on vacation, or on business. One of the more frustrating aspects of representing people from outside of Florida is the difference of opinion that often arises regarding the value of a personal injury case here in Central Florida.  Many people who vacation here from other parts of the United States, or even other parts of the world, seem to think that injuries that occur due to accidents in Florida automatically generate large amounts of money.  Many people have the mistaken belief that just because they have been injured at one of the large theme parks or resort properties, that a large check will soon be forthcoming.  Similarly, many people think that Florida juries are more likely than most to render large jury verdicts in favor of those injured on holiday. Having been a personal injury lawyer practicing law in Central Florida for more than the past 20 years, I am surprised at the inflated value that many visitors seem to place on their Florida personal injury cases.  I am not really sure how these people come up with their personal injury case valuations.  After all, most of them have never handled a personal injury case before — and particularly not one here in Central Florida.  Nevertheless, we seem to be constantly tempering the expectations of these, admittedly, injured people. The problem is not that our firm does not want to help these people receive compensation.  The problem is that there are certain realities in the legal and civic landscape here in Central Florida that make it challenging to deliver a favorable result for an injured tourist  (uncooperative defendants, conservative juries, defendants have strong local influence, etc.).  These factors do not necessarily exist in other places in the United States or the world.  After all, Florida is not New York — no matter how much some might hope. Despite these challenges, we always guarantee our clients two things:  (1) we will always give an honest and objection appraisal of a personal injury claim, and (2) we will always fight hard for our clients  — even the New Yorkers (and perhaps, especially, the New Yorkers.) If you have been involved in an accident here in Florida while on vacation or here on business, please call Winter Park personal injury lawyers Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  We are always available to answer your questions, and we handle cases across Florida.  Consultations are always...

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Could Many Of Today’s Theme Park Rides Be Defectively Designed?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Theme Park Accidents

Could Many Of Today’s Theme Park Rides Be Defectively Designed?

I happened across a great post on one of my favorite law blogs, ThePopTort, concerning the horrible tragedy that occurred on the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. As most readers of this blog will know, a 52-year old woman was killed a few weeks ago when she fell out of the ride while it negotiated some kind of twisting turn at a high rate of speed. The original PopTort blog post really touched on two issues – the lack of government regulation and oversight when it comes to thrill rides such as roller coasters, and the type of riders that the rides are designed to accommodate. Since I’ve previously discussed the regulatory picture in Florida (or lack thereof) when it comes to theme parks, I found the elements of the post in the ThePopTort blog dealing with ride design most interesting. According to Ken Martin, an amusement park ride and safety expert, most of today’s thrill ride designers fail to properly take into account the increasing size of the average human — and especially the average American. It seems that most rides are designed to accommodate a 180 lb. adult – which is supposed to represent 95 percent of the riding population. According to the Centers for disease control the average weight for American males is 191 lbs., and 161 lbs. for females – which means that are a lot of possible too-large people riding the rides. According to Mr. Martin, this extra weight causes a lot more force to be exerted on ride safety restraints, and also means that ride restraints might not fit the the rider the way they are supposed to. Either way, the inconsistency between ride design and the size of the actual riders creates a potentially very dangerous situation which, in the Six Flags case, may have ultimately resulted in a lady’s death. If you have any questions following a Florida theme park accident or injury, call Winter Park personal injury attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at...

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