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Who is liable for fair ride accidents?

When the weather warms, counties across Washington start holding fairs. In the past, fairs were mainly agricultural, but these days, they are all about fun. You can still see animals, watch a rodeo and enjoy entertainment, but one of the biggest draws to any fair is the midway. Since these rides are constantly being moved around, they are often inspected by various individuals. National Law Review notes the state does have an agency that conducts inspections, but it is never guaranteed that the ride is completely safe and nothing was missed.

If you suffer an injury on such a ride and it was not due to your negligence, such as not following the rules, then you do have the right to file a case to receive damages. The person or entity liable for the damages can vary. It depends on what happened. If your injury was due to a malfunction of the ride itself, you could have a product liability case. If it was due to something else, then you probably have a negligence case.

So, liability for an accident on a fair ride could fall with the manufacturer of the ride, the owner of the ride, whoever is responsible for the fair or even the ride operator. It comes down to whose actions led to your injury. This could take some time to figure out, especially if it was a complex accident. In some cases, you may have a case against multiple people or entities.

These types of cases can be complex because of all the different people and entities involved. In addition, accidents can be hard to deconstruct to figure out exactly what went wrong and who should be responsible for it. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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