Victims who have been injured at a county fair may have a legal right to sue the entity that was responsible for the accident. If they can prove that someone else was negligent and that the negligence caused the accident, they may be entitled to financial compensation.
There Are Dangers at the County Fair
Unfortunately, not every trip to the county fair results in boundless fun and entertainment. While an overwhelming percentage of people who attend the fair will have a safe and enjoyable experience, some may end up getting injured and needing medical attention. County fair rides could be unsafe, and they may injure patrons. In addition, fairgoers may suffer other injuries at the fair, such as falls or becoming sickened by the food.
The most common type of lawsuit for county fair injuries is a premises liability claim. This is when someone has been hurt on the property of another. Here, the ride operator or the event organizer may be liable for the injury. These people must make reasonable efforts to maintain a safe environment for their patrons.
The rides could also be defective. This could include defects in the manufacture or design of the ride. The company that designed the ride could be liable in a product liability lawsuit. If there was a defect, the manufacturer could be strictly liable for the injuries, with few exceptions.
County Fairs Lend Themselves to Injuries
Fairgoers could also suffer other injuries. County fairs are busy places. They often involve temporarily setting up large rides and running power along the ground. The wires on the ground and other hazards could cause patrons to trip and fall. Other debris could be in walkways, making even getting around the fair dangerous for customers. If the event organizers are aware of a dangerous condition, they must remedy it themselves. If another responsible entity knew about the dangerous condition, that party may also have a duty to fix it within a reasonable amount of time.
The organizer and ride operators are not automatically responsible for every injury that happens at the fair. Accident victims must prove that the defendant was negligent, just as they would in any personal injury lawsuit. If patrons were acting in an unsafe manner, victims may still be able to recover for their injuries is negligent security was a contributing factor.