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   Court says you can't sue amusement park when bumper cars go bump. Yes, this was in America

01 Jan 2013 01:23 PM   |   9856 clicks   |   LA Times
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cman    [TotalFark]  
A Californian supreme court decision no less.

01 Jan 2013 12:56 PM
The Angry Hand of God     
If you manage to get hurt in a bumper car, you most likely deserved it.

01 Jan 2013 01:25 PM
grimlock1972     
sanity? What a concept!

01 Jan 2013 01:28 PM
Lehk     
FTFA: The ruling came in a lawsuit by Smriti Nalwa, who fractured her wrist in 2005


how in the hell do you break your wrist in bumper cars? she probably had her arm through the wheel or something equally idiotic

01 Jan 2013 01:28 PM
buzzcut73     
The court should have ordered the plaintiff and her attorney to stand in the middle of the bumper car pit for a day so patrons could run them over repeatedly.

01 Jan 2013 01:29 PM
TheHappyCanadian     
well, the court used common sense so it couldn't have happened in England...

01 Jan 2013 01:35 PM
Cheesehead_Dave    [TotalFark]  
It's for people like this that there's a ten-foot wall of fine print at the entrance of amusement park rides.

01 Jan 2013 01:37 PM
ComaToast     
This is bad news for my neck brace concession stand idea.

01 Jan 2013 01:39 PM
Lidocaine     
People such as this woman should not have children. I'm not saying that I support eugenics or anything, but stupidity like that should somehow naturally preclude reproduction.

01 Jan 2013 01:39 PM
Lee Jackson Beauregard     

Lehk: FTFA: The ruling came in a lawsuit by Smriti Nalwa, who fractured her wrist in 2005


how in the hell do you break your wrist in bumper cars? she probably had her arm through the wheel or something equally idiotic


FTFA: Nalwa said her wrist snapped when she tried to brace herself by putting her hand on the dashboard.

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01 Jan 2013 01:41 PM
Lee Jackson Beauregard     
FTFA: Justice Joyce L. Kennard dissented, complaining that the decision would saddle trial judges "with the unenviable task of determining the risks of harm that are inherent in a particular recreational activity."

Geez, the very idea that judges are there to -- you know -- judge!

01 Jan 2013 01:43 PM
IlGreven     
Hey! Roger Goodell just found his legal precedent when that big lawsuit finally hits the big courts!

01 Jan 2013 01:44 PM
IlGreven     

grimlock1972: sanity? What a concept!


Lehk: how in the hell do you break your wrist in bumper cars?


If they'd have ruled the woman took unneccessary risk, that would have been sane. But "you knew what you were getting into" isn't a good defense, and that shouldn't have absolved the park IMO.
/Thus, why I said Roger Goodell has his legal precedent.

01 Jan 2013 01:47 PM
cherryl taggart     
I want to ride this ride. Every amusement park around here has so much safety gear, I feel like I'm trapped in a web. Where's the fun in that?

01 Jan 2013 01:48 PM
12349876     

TheHappyCanadian: well, the court used common sense so it couldn't have happened in England...


The headline wouldn't say bumper cars if it was England.

/Dodgems

01 Jan 2013 01:50 PM
The Angry Hand of God     

cherryl taggart: I want to ride this ride. Every amusement park around here has so much safety gear, I feel like I'm trapped in a web. Where's the fun in that?


You would have loved Action (Traction) Park in NJ.

01 Jan 2013 01:55 PM
Rockstone     
I find that the judicial system is the only system around that is sane more than 50% of the time.

01 Jan 2013 01:57 PM
whither_apophis     
There's amusement in the ruling.

01 Jan 2013 01:57 PM
Valiente     

Lidocaine: People such as this woman should not have children. I'm not saying that I support eugenics or anything, but stupidity like that should somehow naturally preclude reproduction.


It's because of "what? Coffee is hot?" issues like this that I do support eugenics, although that's a five-dollar word for "labour gulags of the dim".

01 Jan 2013 01:59 PM
GloomCookie613     
As a former amusement park ride operator, I'm getting a kick...

Glad they ruled the way they did. If you're too stupid to avoid injury on bumper cars, just stay home and wrap yourself in bubble wrap so the rest of us can still enjoy stuff.

01 Jan 2013 02:05 PM
Adolf Oliver Nipples    [TotalFark]  
Good, some people with some sense made a good decision.

01 Jan 2013 02:05 PM
dopekitty74     

Cheesehead_Dave: It's for people like this that there's a ten-foot wall of fine print at the entrance of amusement park rides.


THIS! for dog's sake they're bumper cars! Did she not think ab...

No, obviously she didn't
/stupid c*nt

01 Jan 2013 02:06 PM
Jgok     

Lee Jackson Beauregard: Lehk: FTFA: The ruling came in a lawsuit by Smriti Nalwa, who fractured her wrist in 2005


how in the hell do you break your wrist in bumper cars? she probably had her arm through the wheel or something equally idiotic

FTFA: Nalwa said her wrist snapped when she tried to brace herself by putting her hand on the dashboard.


If your bones are that fragile, you probably shouldn't even be *in* an amusement park... or around any kind of crowd, or riding an escalator, or taking the subway, or walking up/down stairs, or...

/Seriously, I walk faster than bumper cars move.

01 Jan 2013 02:08 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  
I'm astounded this even got to court.

01 Jan 2013 02:10 PM
Dezilith     
What's the catch? There has got to be one, California doesn't have enough common sense to make rulings like this!

01 Jan 2013 02:21 PM
KrispyKritter     

The Angry Hand of God: cherryl taggart: I want to ride this ride. Every amusement park around here has so much safety gear, I feel like I'm trapped in a web. Where's the fun in that?

You would have loved Action (Traction) Park in NJ.


Upside:  No.NJ has oodles of hardcore seasoned ambulance volunteers, well-heeled funeral home owners and now-grown children that know what true pain and suffering on a bright summer day is all about. Thanks Action Park!

PS: law suit pay-out free! those farkers skipped on paying taxes and most anything else they were responsible for just shy of what it took to keep the admission booth up and running.

01 Jan 2013 02:26 PM
Brick-House     
Inconsolable

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01 Jan 2013 02:32 PM
Boris S. Wort     
Keep your head, and arms, inside the Mixer at all times.

01 Jan 2013 02:32 PM
Red0ct0ber     
"Patrons are less safe today than they were yesterday," Rosenberg said.

Seriously?

01 Jan 2013 02:34 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  

Red0ct0ber: "Patrons are less safe today than they were yesterday," Rosenberg said.

Seriously?


What a dick. Oh, wait, he's an ambulance chaser ratfark lawyer. I was redundant calling him a dick.

01 Jan 2013 02:40 PM
halB     
Sometimes you break a wrist, or an arm, or a finger, or a toe, or a rib.

These are the normal parts of any active life. If you're not breaking these things from time to time, your life isn't worth living.

01 Jan 2013 02:40 PM
Cranialsodomy     
There's a long history of "assumed risks" in amusement park rides.

In the case of Murphy v. Steeplechase Amusement Park (1929) Murphy fractured his kneecap after attempting to climb "The Flopper," a conveyer belt that patrons were challenged to try to climb to the top of. It was surrounded by pillows. Murphy tried to climb it but fell off, broke his kneecap and sued.

Then-Judge Cardozo essentially said, "What did you expect from a ride called 'The Flopper'?" and ruled that Murphy had assumed the risk.

01 Jan 2013 02:40 PM
NutWrench     

Red0ct0ber: "Patrons are less safe today than they were yesterday," Rosenberg said.

Seriously?


Well, only the stupid ones.

01 Jan 2013 02:43 PM
lunkhed     

NutWrench: Red0ct0ber: "Patrons are less safe today than they were yesterday," Rosenberg said.

Seriously?

Well, only the stupid ones.


Lawyers will be less rich tomorrow than they might have been.

01 Jan 2013 02:48 PM
offmymeds     
Was alcohol a factor?

01 Jan 2013 02:52 PM
dentalhilljack     

Brick-House: Inconsolable


So much THIS....

01 Jan 2013 02:52 PM
Oldiron_79     
Is this gonna turn into a traction park thread?

01 Jan 2013 02:52 PM
Pennsylvania Dutch Oven     
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/obligatory
//You're welcome

01 Jan 2013 02:59 PM
GF named my left testicle thundercles     
how do you break your wrist in a bumper car? i want to know the mechanics involved in that

01 Jan 2013 03:02 PM
fredklein     

Oldiron_79: Is this gonna turn into a traction park thread?


Nah- probably a McDonalds Coffee Case thread. the first shot has already been fired:

Valiente 2013-01-01 01:59:35 PM

Lidocaine: People such as this woman should not have children. I'm not saying that I support eugenics or anything, but stupidity like that should somehow naturally preclude reproduction.

It's because of "what? Coffee is hot?" issues like this that I do support eugenics, although that's a five-dollar word for "labour gulags of the dim".

01 Jan 2013 03:05 PM
FizixJunkee     

Lee Jackson Beauregard:
FTFA: Nalwa said her wrist snapped when she tried to brace herself by putting her hand on the dashboard.


Yep, she's a full-fledged retard.

01 Jan 2013 03:11 PM
ski9600     

KrispyKritter: The Angry Hand of God: cherryl taggart: I want to ride this ride. Every amusement park around here has so much safety gear, I feel like I'm trapped in a web. Where's the fun in that?

You would have loved Action (Traction) Park in NJ.

Upside:  No.NJ has oodles of hardcore seasoned ambulance volunteers, well-heeled funeral home owners and now-grown children that know what true pain and suffering on a bright summer day is all about. Thanks Action Park!

PS: law suit pay-out free! those farkers skipped on paying taxes and most anything else they were responsible for just shy of what it took to keep the admission booth up and running.


I've read the wiki entry Link and I have a question about the operation. Obviously it was very bad, and then Intrawest came in in 1998. It seems to have been sold back to the previous owners in 2010. How is it since then?

01 Jan 2013 03:23 PM
Prey4reign    [TotalFark]  
Smriti Nalwa -- Sounds foreign and probably doesn't speak or read English. Hey, you know I got wet on the log flume once and ruined my best shirt. I still have nightmares from the memories.

01 Jan 2013 03:37 PM
arashinogarou     
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01 Jan 2013 03:42 PM
Rik01    [TotalFark]  
Monday's decision extended a legal doctrine that has limited liability for risky sports, such as football, to now include recreational activities.

You have to admit that it's pretty bad when you have to get lawyers together to make a law to protect folks from being sued over recreational activities -- when the lawyers themselves started the practice in the first place.

Until the 80's, we didn't sue people every time they farted. Common sense actually existed. Now, you get sued if you look at someone the wrong way.

01 Jan 2013 03:50 PM
Active introvert     
California? Wow, that was suprising.

01 Jan 2013 03:50 PM
Mercury     

Boris S. Wort: Keep your head, and arms, inside the Mixer at all times.


Bill Jr., he was a daredevil

/just like his old man

01 Jan 2013 04:14 PM
No Time To Explain     
Took long enough for this

/waiting patiently for people to sue booze makers for making them drunk

01 Jan 2013 04:22 PM
downstairs    [TotalFark]  

GF named my left testicle thundercles: how do you break your wrist in a bumper car? i want to know the mechanics involved in that


Stuff happens.  If your hand just happens to be in the wrong place, at the wrong angle... it doesn't take much force to break your wrist.  Or most every other bone in your body.

I was jumping up and down at a bar when a team I follow won a playoff game.  Ripped a tendon something fierce in one foot.  But it was an action I've done before.  Just a freak thing.

01 Jan 2013 04:43 PM
John Buck 41    [TotalFark]  

downstairs: GF named my left testicle thundercles: how do you break your wrist in a bumper car? i want to know the mechanics involved in that

Stuff happens.  If your hand just happens to be in the wrong place, at the wrong angle... it doesn't take much force to break your wrist.  Or most every other bone in your body.

I was jumping up and down at a bar when a team I follow won a playoff game.  Ripped a tendon something fierce in one foot.  But it was an action I've done before.  Just a freak thing.


So......you didn't sue the bar? Or the company that made the shoe you were wearing? Or your team that won who made you jump and down? Inconceivable.

01 Jan 2013 05:09 PM
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