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California Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cedar Fair in Injury Lawsuit

Sacramento, CA, USA — The California State Supreme Court on Dec. 31, 2012 reversed a lower court’s decision regarding a wrist injury sustained in 2005 on bumper cars at the Calfornia’s Great America theme park, a Cedar Fair property located in Santa Clara, CA, USA.  Associate Justice Kathryn Werdegar, writing the majority opinion, stated:

Riders on Rue le Dodge, in other words, are not passively carried or transported from one place to another.  They actively engage in a game, trying to bump others or avoid being bumped themselves.  The rationale for holding the operator of a roller coaster to the duties of a common carrier for reward—that riders, having delivered themselves into the control of the operator, are owed the highest degree of care for their safety—simply does not apply to bumper car riders’ safety from the risks inherent in bumping. 

CA Supreme Court Decision – Great America

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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