Theme park and fairground accident claims

Driving a dodgem car, gliding round on a big wheel or spinning on a waltzing ride are part of the fun of a fairground but, unfortunately, funfairs and theme parks (particularly, travelling fairs) can be a source of accidents and subsequent fairground accident claims.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, fair owners, management and operators have an obligation to maintain their machinery to keep it in safe working order for the public to use and for employees to have risk-free working conditions.

Amusement parks established on fixed sites are less likely to be a source of accidents because they are inspected directly by HSE inspectors and employees have particular responsibility for maintenance. Theme parks such as Disney Land/World, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Thorpe Park etc, although accidents may occur, are subject to much stricter guidelines and continuous safety checks. However, local fairs, amusements in local parks or carnivals and temporary rides in public parks, shopping centres, towns and centres have a higher risk of missing maintenance and safety checks. This could result in serious injuries for visitors.

Accidents that can occur

Theme park and fairground accidents can occur due to a number of reasons:

  • Rides stopping
  • Mechanical failure
  • Carriages coming loose from rides
  • Electrical failure
  • Fire
  • Accidents on games and amusements around the rollercoasters
  • Accidents on the grounds due to lack of safety

All of which carry the danger of serious injuries to you or your children.

Typical fairground injuries

If part of a ride's machinery breaks it could cause injury to passengers and workers. With rides moving at high speeds the injuries caused can be serious. People can often suffer from shock and post-traumatic stress disorder, severed limbs, bruising or broken bones, burns, chest injuries, head injuries or spinal injuries. If the accident was due to the negligence of the funfair owners or operators, you may be able to claim


Visitors to funfairs and theme parks who ride on bumper cars, roller coasters, waltzers, bucking broncos etc should expect to experience high velocity speeds and mild velocity collisions, some of which can cause a slight pain or bruising, however if the ride stops suddenly, through no fault of your own, you are likely to suffer an injury and potentially whiplash.

If a ride was not operated correctly or with the required attention to the safety of passengers and you suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Violent stoppages or a lack of protection on park rides such as the dodgems or waltzer can lead to a number of injuries. Victims typically suffer from symptoms of whiplash, often complaining of injuries including:

  • Neck pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Severe headaches
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal cord damage

Whiplash at theme parks can be caused by various incidents such as sudden stoppages, hydraulic faults, faulty or loose carriages, failed signals, unsafe tracks or violent collisions on rides such as roller coasters. Speak to one of our experts to discuss whether you have a case to make a claim.

Making a claim

Making a funfair or theme park accident claim with YouClaim is completely risk-free. We will do our very best to get you the compensation you deserve as a result of your injury after visiting the fair or theme park.

If you or a member of your family have suffered injury as a result of an accident in a fairground or amusement park and the accident was not your fault, get in touch with one of our friendly, experienced legal advisors by calling 0800 10 757 95. As every case is different, they will be able to give you a better idea about whether you have a case and potentially give you a rough idea how much you may receive.

Alternatively you can request a call back using our online enquiry form or via the e-chat feature to discover if you could be entitled to compensation.