On 2nd June 2015, an accident occurred on the Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire. It is believed that four people sat in the front row of the roller coaster carriage have all suffered from serious leg injuries, with reports of a possible amputation required for one of the victims. Other people that were seated in the carriage are also suffering from minor injuries.
The accident occurred when an empty test carriage was sent onto the track. This test carriage then automatically stopped on a part of the track, however another carriage had already been sent out carrying 16 people. This carriage paused briefly in one of the loop sections of the ride but unfortunately without warning, the carriage automatically released and smashed into the empty test carriage on the track.
This is a terrible accident and most likely one that could have been prevented had efficient safety checks and safety measures been followed correctly. It is questionable as to why Alton Towers would release a passenger filled carriage before the test carriage had completed its course on the tracks. Various reports suggest that there have been several incidents as a result of technical faults on the Smiler rollercoaster since it was opened in May 2013. In July 2013, the ride was closed after reports that a bolt was seen to have fallen from the ride and later the same year the roller coaster was closed after plastic guard wheels came loose and hit front-row riders.
Express Solicitors would like to send its sincerest condolences to the victims of this accident and wishes everyone involved a quick recovery.
It is important to know that injuries at theme parks can occur from a number of reasons but usually are the result of: poorly maintained or defective rides; slips, trips or falls on land for which the fairground is responsible; and objects falling from height. Click here to read our helpful guide about what to do if you have sustained an injury at a theme park or fairground.
Express Solicitors has a vast amount of experience dealing with accidents that occur in theme parks. The firm is currently working on a series of cases after an accident at Heaton Park fairground, as well as cases involving children who were injured on a fairground Ferris wheel, when a carriage dropped from height.
A recently settled case Express Solicitors won involved a teenage girl whose foot became trapped in a theme park ride, causing her to suffer ligament damage. Thanks to the work of Associate Solicitor, Leanne Rowley, the girl was awarded £5,000 in compensation for her injuries.
Whatever the nature of the injury or illness you sustain following a theme park or fairground visit, if you believe it was caused by the negligence of another individual you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Call us today for friendly and helpful legal advice on 0845 456 4007.