Amusement parks .. you either love ’em or hate ’em. For many Americans, it’s all love. Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Disneyland, Universal Studios and even traveling carnivals are all popular attractions, especially this time of year. Many people love the thrill of completely letting go and putting their fate in someone (or something) else’s hands. Amusement parks are a safe, worry-free way to get your adrenaline fix .. or are they?
Amusement Park Dangers
Every once in a while we hear about it on the news. Some poor, unsuspecting soul has been injured or killed by an amusement park ride. It’s not uncommon to get a visual of the gruesome details, courtesy of the bystander who had a cell phone handy, then promptly posted the tragedy on YouTube. And when we hear about these accidents, we vow never again to take our children to these horrible places. But as time goes by we forget, and soon enough find ourselves planning the next family vacation to our favorite amusement park.
Despite these unfortunate accidents, amusement park fatalities are still somewhat rare. From 1987 to 2004, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported 46 fatalities from fixed-site rides, 13 from mobile rides, and eight from unknown site rides. Ride-related injuries are far more common, adding up to 5,900 total for the same period. While horrifying if you are at the receiving end of one of these amusement park accidents, it’s far more likely to be injured or worse on the car ride home.
We aren’t recommending you forgo amusement parks altogether. But you may want to say a quick prayer before buckling into that monster roller coaster and, of course, make sure your term life insurance policy is in force!
What are your favorite amusement parks and rides? Do the accidents deter you from going?