Arizona residents may know about the roller coaster accident in Daytona Beach, Florida. On the night of June 14, one of the roller coasters at Daytona Beach Boardwalk partially derailed, sending two riders into the air where they fell 34 feet to the ground and suffered traumatic injuries. Two other riders were left dangling in midair. Of the 10 riders involved, 9 were sent to the hospital with news of their current condition still forthcoming.
It appears that the Sand Blaster, the roller coaster in question, had a deficiency in its structural integrity, but what it was exactly has not been revealed. This is per an inspection made after the incident. An inspection made the morning of the accident, however, revealed nothing problematic. In May, two inspections did bring up structural problems, which were afterwards fixed.
The Sand Blaster has been a part of the Boardwalk since 2013. The previous year, it was bought from a closed amusement park in Delaware where it had seen over three decades of use. Neither the Daytona Beach Boardwalk nor the owner of the ride has made comments.
A Florida state agency has opened an investigation to find out who is accountable. OSHA will not be involved since no employees were injured.
Victims of such accidents might be reimbursed for their injury-related expenses and for their emotional trauma under the theory of premises liability. A lawyer may use the results of investigations, such as the one being conducted right now in Daytona Beach, and help victims deploy that evidence in the most effective way possible. Personal injury lawyers might even hire other experts to build up the case and then negotiate for an informal settlement. If negotiations fall through, the victim may wish to litigate.