The death of a woman in a Texas roller coaster accident has made many question the safety of amusement park rides in other states, including California. While the accident remains under investigation, several theories have surfaced in news reports.
One theory suggests that the woman's size may have played a role in the accident. Rollercoaster seats are made as "one-size fits all." This accident, similar to one in 2011 in which an Army veteran who had lost both legs fighting in Iraq fell from a New York roller coaster, raises the concern that people of differing body sizes may be at risk for injury on amusement park rides. Due to the physical changes in people riding roller coasters since they first became popular, it may be time for theme park operators and manufacturers to re-think the design of seats in order to accommodate people of different physical attributes.
While the statistics provided by the Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions indicate that the chances of being seriously injured on a theme park ride are 1 in 24 million and the chances of being killed on a ride are 1 in 1 billion, accidents are more prevalent that these numbers suggest.
According to the Center for Injury Research Policy at the Nationwide Children's Hospital, about 4,400 children are hospitalized each year for injuries they receive on amusement park and carnival rides.
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