The recent news that the family of a man who died in a tragic drowning accident at Hawaiian Falls water park has filed a lawsuit has refocused attention on safety issues at Texas amusement parks. While a resolution for this case is still pending, everyone agrees such pool-based accidents are needless tragedies that will unalterably affect the families involved. Unfortunately, they are far too common.
Not all water accidents occur at amusement parks of course. According to Child Protective Services, there have been 77 children who have died from drowning this year in the state of Texas. Such a high number of such accidents is troubling. Unfortunately, amusement and swimming parks can be especially prone to accidents. While parents expect a high level of safety precautions and monitoring to be in place, the parks are often overcrowded and understaffed, a dangerous combination when it comes to the potential for accidents. And while some accidents might be the fault of guests who willfully disobey posted safety regulations, many others are the fault of negligence on the part of the company or its operators. Accidents at water parks tend to fall into one of the following categories: Read the rest »