It’s been nearly a month since the Texas Giant reopened, which closed as a result of the 75-foot fall and death of Rosa Esparza in July. The 52-year-old mother had reportedly told the Six Flags Over Texas employees that she did not feel safe in her seat, according to foxnews.com, but was told that her seat was secure and allowed to continue on the ride. The family of Esparza have since filed a lawsuit against Six Flags, who have denied fault for the accident. In a court filing, a Six Flags attorney wrote that 2.5 million people have ridden the roller coaster before the fatal accident, and before reopening, new restraints and seat belts were installed, according to the Dallas Morning News. However, the attorney representing the Esparza family claimed engineers hired by his firm had found evidence of negligence on the part of the Arlington park, whose safety and structural regulations are governed by the insurance company that covers Six Flags. At this time, no state laws dictates inspections of amusement parks.
What the Esparza family has endured is a tragedy, made even more so by the witnessing of Esparza’s fall by her daughter and son-in-law. It will be interesting to see how this case in handled in the upcoming months, and whether any new regulations emerge for Six Flags, who faced another accident in 1999, which killed one woman and injured 10 other passengers. While these kind of accidents are rare, unfortunately, they do happen. A personal injury attorney can help if you or someone you love has been injured; contact Haire Law for more information. Visit the contact page or call 940-484-5555.