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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in tragic roller coaster case

Even though school is back in session, children across the state of Pennsylvania will still be actively taking part in their favorite warm weather pastimes for as long as the weather holds out. However, while many will still be flocking to area amusement parks, the numbers might be slightly smaller than in years past.

That's because a horrific accident at an amusement park in the state of Texas this past summer may have left many of them understandably frightened.

To recap, a woman was visiting Six Flags Over Texas just outside of Dallas back on July 19 with her two children, when they decided to ride the 153-foot tall Texas Giant coaster. Tragically, she was thrown from the ride despite the presence of a locked safety restraint. In fact, witnesses even reported that the woman expressed concerns about the safety restraint just prior to the fatal ride.

In recent developments, the family of the deceased woman has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the amusement park.

The lawsuit, filed just last week, accuses Six Flags of negligence and seeks compensation of at least $1 million. Specifically, it claims that the T-shaped lap bar failed to hold the woman in place, and that subsequent inspections conducted after the woman's death revealed that various parts of the locking rider-security systems "were experiencing inconsistencies and intermittent failures."

The lawsuit also claims that Six Flags replaced an indicator called a "limit switch" in the car in which the woman was riding after discovering that it was defective, meaning it wasn't properly indicating that the safety bar was in place.

It is worth noting that Six Flags reopened the Texas Giant this past weekend. However, the ride has since been outfitted with new restraint bars and seat belt systems. Furthermore, the park has placed a trial seat that waiting riders can sit in to try out the restraint system and also posted a warning that the coaster seats might not accommodate "guests with unique body shapes or sizes."

Stay tuned for developments ...

It's important to understand that if you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries at an amusement park -- whether on a ride or in a slip-and-fall accident -- that you have rights and you may have options for seeking justice via a premises liability lawsuit.

Source: ABC News, "Family sues Six Flags after woman's fall from 14-Story high roller coaster," Ryan Owens, September 12, 2013; The Times-Picayune, " Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster where rider died reopens, but not for some with 'unique body shapes,'" September 14, 2013

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