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Settlement reached in Texas roller coaster wrongful death claim

The owners of amusement parks have an enormous responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors to their establishment. Their responsibility covers all aspects and areas, including public spaces and mechanical operation of equipment, along with proper restraints. People who visit amusement parks in Texas likely trust the owners to abide by all safety regulations, and personal injury or wrongful death may be the last thing on their minds.

However, this is often not the case, and an operator of an amusement park in Texas and its foreign partner recently reached a settlement in a wrongful death claim with the surviving family of a woman who lost her life at the facility last year. The lawsuit followed an accident at the Six Flags amusement park in Dallas when a 52-year-old woman plummeted to her untimely death from the cart of a roller coaster. The woman apparently fell from a height of 150 feet.

The surviving relatives of the deceased woman accused the amusement park owners of negligence in their failure to provide adequate restraints that would prevent a person from falling. Although the details of the settlement that was reached were not published, the plaintiffs stated that they were satisfied with the amount of compensation offered. It was reported that the team of investigators who looked into the accident found no evidence that mechanical failure could have caused the woman's death.

Texas residents who have lost loved ones in accidents that occurred on the premises of amusement parks or any other public property may want to explore the options for recovering damages. In addition to a possible premises liability claim, they may also be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim to a civil court. After a successful presentation of such claims, the court may award monetary compensation to cover end-of-life and other expenses as allowed by state laws.

Source: jamestownsun.com, "Six Flags, German firm reach settlement in Texas roller coaster death", Nov. 19, 2014

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