Eight years after falling under one of the cars belonging to the Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin ride, 13-year-old Brandon Zucker has died in Orange, California. The teenager sustained catastrophic injuries during the amusement park accident, and he continued to receive ongoing care and medical support for those injuries until his death on January 25.
The Disney amusement park accident happened in September 2000 in Anaheim when Brandon fell out of one of the ride's "taxicab" and got trapped beneath another car, which rolled over him. He suffered traumatic brain injuries and was never able to walk or talk again. His family would later settle their California personal injury lawsuit with Disney for an undisclosed amount. The injured boy would spend the rest of his life going in and out of hospitals until his death at Children's Hospital.
Investigators from California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health found that Disney workers failed to make sure that Brandon was properly seated and securely fastened to the Roger Rabbit ride. Following the accident, the state of California mandated that major safety changes be made to the Disney attraction.
To date, there have been 11 fatalities involving people who were injured because of a Disney ride.
Amusement Park Ride Accidents
Over the years, millions of people have traveled to Southern California from around the world and the rest of the United States to visit one of the many amusement and theme parks in the area for their entertainment and thrill seeking pleasure. Disneyland Resort, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott's Berry Farm, Legoland, and Universal Studies are just some of the venues that have become popular destinations for kids, friends, and families that wish to ride a rollercoaster, sit on a ferris wheel, or go for a spin in a revolving tea cup.
To ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone, amusement park operators are supposed to make sure that their rides are working properly, all safety precautions are implemented, and employees are properly trained to operate the attractions. When negligence, employee error, or carelessness leads to an amusement park ride accident, the amusement park company and other liable parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective amusement park attraction, can be held liable for personal injury or wrongful death.
Brandon Zucker dies at 13; injury at Disneyland brought focus to amusement park safety, Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2009
Boy Dies After Disneyland Ride Accident, Fox News, January 27, 2009
Related Web Resources:
Accident Watch, Theme Park Inside
If you or someone you love was injured in a Southern California amusement park accident, contact our Orange County personal injury attorneys at Howard Law, LLP today.