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Summertime and Roller Coaster Safety

A new roller coaster called the Thunderbolt is about to start thrilling men, women, and children come this July. The coaster is expected to reach speeds of up to 65 mph, and will include 2000 feet of track.

The ride will have a 125-foot drop, a 90-degree vertical drop, a 100-foot loop, a zero-gravity roll, corkscrew turns, and many dives and backward loops all in about two minutes’ time.

The new coaster will be replacing an old Thunderbolt coaster that was located near the same spot. Woody Allen helped make the old Thunderbolt a star by featuring it in his film, “Annie Hall.” Sadly, the old Thunderbolt was torn down in order to create space for the Mets’ minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Roller Coaster and Amusement Park Accidents

Accidents on roller coasters are rare, but they do occur. In the past year, at the Blue Streak roller coaster in Pennsylvania, two people were injured. It seems that the riders had lowered their heads to block their faces from the rain, but their heads hit the lap bar when they hit a bump in the track.

In another accident, this one in an Austrian amusement park, a ride operator was seriously injured after trying to retrieve a hat for a guest who had lost it. The worker made a bad decision to climb over the rail barriers and was hit by an oncoming roller coaster car.

Officials of the new Thunderbolt are taking every precaution to keep riders safe. They have also offered an online virtual ride for those who can’t wait to experience the Coney Island Thunderbolt.

Contact Delaware Personal Injury Attorney Michael J. Hood

If you were injured in an amusement park accident or any other type of accident caused by another person’s or organization’s careless or reckless actions, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim to pay for your medical treatment and other accident related damages. To learn more about your rights, contact the law office of Michael J. Hood. We offer a free initial consultation to every client. To set up a meeting, contact us online or call our office at (302) 777-1000.