California court rules bumper cars risky, may cause injury
By Todd DeFeo
Riding a bumper cars attraction at an amusement park carries with it a certain amount of risk, and the park is not to blame for any injury that results in riding the attraction.
That’s the upshot of an opinion issued earlier this week by the California Supreme Court. The ruling was handed down in a case involving a woman who fractured her wrist during a head-on impact in 2005 on “Rue le Dodge,” a bumper car ride at Great America amusement park in Santa Clara, California.
The woman, who was a passenger in a bumper car driven by her 9-year-old son, sued the park's owner, Cedar Fair L.P., for negligence in not configuring or operating the bumper car ride in a manner that would have prevented her injury, according to court records.
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