Amusement Park Regulations by State

Written by: Christopher@maydayhoustonlaw.com

Amusement parks are a great source of entertainment. Whether you are a child, teen, or adult, a day at your favorite amusement park brings both happiness and excitement. Sadly, however, enjoying the thrilling rides at a theme park can result in injury or even death. Below, we take a look at common causes of amusement park accidents and which states have regulations in place to keep you and your family safe.

Were you or someone you loved injured at an amusement park? If so, you deserve fair compensation for your losses, and Mayday Law Offices can help. As one of Houston’s top amusement park accident lawyers, Femi Ogunjumelo, is an unwavering advocate for injured victims. He will fight tirelessly to hold the park accountable for its negligent actions and get you the compensation you deserve. Call (281) 741-1162 today to schedule your FREE consultation.

Common Amusement Park Accidents

  • Roller coaster accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Crushing accidents
  • Seatbelt or restraint malfunction
  • Drowning
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and back injuries

Causes of Theme Park Accidents

  • Mechanical failure
  • Operator error
  • Improper design
  • Inadequate maintenance of the ride/facility
  • Construction flaws
  • Improper loading of passengers
  • Actions of other patrons
  • Poor lighting

Are Amusement Parks Federally Regulated?

Given the high number of amusement park accidents, you might be shocked to learn that the Federal Government does not have regulations in place to ensure your safety. Instead, the U.S. government gives each state its own discretion in regulating its theme parks.

Theme Park Regulations by State

Surprisingly, several states do not have agencies in charge of regulating amusement park safety. They include the following:

  • Alabama 
  • Arizona 
  • Mississippi
  • Montana 
  • Nevada 
  • North Dakota 
  • South Dakota 
  • Utah 
  • Wyoming 

The following is a list of the states that have safety regulations in place and the agencies responsible for monitoring and enforcing these regulations:

  • Alaska - Department of Labor
  • Arkansas - Department of Labor
  • California  - Division of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Colorado - Division of Oil and Public Safety
  • Connecticut - Department of Consumer Protection
  • Delaware - Office of the State Fire Marshal
  • Florida - Department of Agriculture
  • Georgia - Office of the Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
  • Hawaii - Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Idaho - Division of Building Safety
  • Illinois - Department of Labor
  • Indiana - Department of Homeland Security
  • Iowa - Workforce Development
  • Kansas - Department of Labor
  • Kentucky - Department of Agriculture
  • Louisiana - State Fire Marshal
  • Maine - Department of Public Safety
  • Maryland - Department of Safety, Licensing, and Regulation
  • Massachusetts - Department of Public Safety
  • Michigan - Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Minnesota - Department of Labor and Industry
  • Missouri - Division of Fire Safety
  • Nebraska - Office of Safety and Department of Labor
  • New Hampshire - Department of Safety
  • New Jersey - Department of Community Affairs
  • New Mexico - Regulation and Licensing Department
  • New York - Department of Labor
  • North Carolina - Department of Labor
  • Ohio - Department of Agriculture
  • Oklahoma -  Department of Labor
  • Oregon - Oregon Building Codes
  • Pennsylvania - Department of Agriculture
  • Rhode Island - Building Commission
  • South Carolina - Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
  • Tennessee - Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Texas – Department of Insurance
  • Vermont - Corporations Division of the Secretary of State
  • Virginia - County Governments
  • Washington - Department of Labor and Industries
  • West Virginia - Safety Division of the Division of Labor
  • Wisconsin - Safety and Building Division of the Department of Commerce

Contact an Amusement Park Accident Attorney in Houston

As an amusement park patron, you seek the thrill and excitement of a high-speed roller coaster or the sudden drop of a water ride. But you never think that real danger is lurking around you. 

If you or someone you loved suffered injuries at an amusement park, you might be entitled to significant financial compensation. At The Mayday Law Offices, our Houston amusement park accident lawyer can research the details of your accident and fight zealously on your behalf. To learn more about securing damages in a Texas theme park accident case, contact us online or call (281) 741-1162 today to arrange a FREE, no-obligation case review.

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