Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The family of the young man killed at Six Flags Over Georgia had said pretty emphatically that they weren't blaming the park (here ("All we know is that we don't blame anybody."). But, well, now they've got a lawyer:
"Attorney Lamar Flatt thinks warning signs and fences placed near the ride weren't enough to prevent this tragic death, citing the death of a maintenance worker who was killed by the same ride in 2002."
Just as a reminder, there was at least one six-foot fence (and reports indicate two), clear signs, and, let's not forget, a multi-ton very loud steel roller coaster all rather prominent in the area. (The manufacturer of the ride, B&M, makes coasters that are sufficiently loud that the phrase "B&M roar" came into existence.) As for the death of the maintenance worker, one assumes that he had access other than over a fence and that the error was in failing to lock out the ride before entering the area rather than a failure of warnings or signage. (A better precedent for the attorney would be the similar incident at a similar ride in the UK or the 1998 death at Paramount's Great America in California, where a young man was killed when he entered the ride area to retrieve his wife's hat.)
But it's hard to see what more could be expected. Razor wire? A shark-infested moat with sharks with lasers?
Update: Welcome Overlawyered readers. Also, please read the comments for some clarification.