The California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Great America and other amusement parks cannot be sued for injuries that occur in the jostling of rides such as bumper cars, finding that such thrill-seeking carries an “inherent risk” akin to playing a sport.
In a 6-1 decision, the Supreme Court rejected the arguments of a South Bay doctor who sued Santa Clara’s Great America theme park after she broke her wrist while riding the “Rue Le Dodge” bumper car ride with her son in 2005. The ruling overturned the San Jose-based 6th District Court of Appeal, which in 2011 concluded that amusement park patrons should be able to sue for such incidents.
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Frankly, I think this is a good ruling. It does not negate requirements that amusement park operators do the best they can to make sure that rides are safe, but does say that it’s unreasonable to expect them to swath you in bubble wrap.
The plaintiff’s lawyer disagrees, raising spectres of bumper car rides running amuck.
Yes, I have been on bumper cars. I’d take them over I-95 any day of the week and twice on Sundays.