California residents who enjoy fairs and amusement parks may have heard that, on July 26, a person died and several others suffered serious injuries when a ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned. The incident was reported on the same day the fair had opened.
A YouTube video of the incident showed that the seats of a ride called the Fire Ball began to break while the ride was in motion. The video shows passengers being ejected from the ride at high speeds, causing some to fly at least 20 feet into the air. According to witnesses, the operator attempted to stop the ride by hitting the emergency stop button, but this caused a row of seats to become detached. An 18-year-old man was killed in the incident. Seven others suffered injuries.
Fair organizers and those responsible for amusement ride safety said that the ride had been inspected multiple times. The Ohio State Fair was set to have its final day on Aug. 6. While the fair will remain open, the rides will be closed for safety checks.
Property owners and event organizers are responsible for ensuring that the premises are safe for those who are attending the event. If a person suffers an injury due to a dangerous ride or hazards that were not properly mitigated, an attorney could file a lawsuit against the owners of the property and others involved in running the event. Depending on the severity of the injury and other factors, the attorney could determine the amount in compensation the injured person may be eligible to seek and work towards a settlement with the other party.
Source: NBC News, "One Dead, Several Hurt in Ohio State Fair Ride Accident", Phil Helsel, July 27, 2017