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(LA Times)   Court says you can't sue amusement park when bumper cars go bump. Yes, this was in America   (latimes.com) divider line 62
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2013-01-01 12:56:31 PM
A Californian supreme court decision no less.
 
2013-01-01 01:25:34 PM
If you manage to get hurt in a bumper car, you most likely deserved it.
 
2013-01-01 01:28:04 PM
sanity? What a concept!
 
2013-01-01 01:28:45 PM
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
 
2013-01-01 01:29:08 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 01:35:10 PM
well, the court used common sense so it couldn't have happened in England...
 
2013-01-01 01:37:30 PM
It's for people like this that there's a ten-foot wall of fine print at the entrance of amusement park rides.
 
2013-01-01 01:39:37 PM
This is bad news for my neck brace concession stand idea.
 
2013-01-01 01:39:38 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 01:41:32 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


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

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2013-01-01 01:43:28 PM
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!
 
2013-01-01 01:44:55 PM
Hey! Roger Goodell just found his legal precedent when that big lawsuit finally hits the big courts!
 
2013-01-01 01:47:17 PM

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.
 
2013-01-01 01:48:54 PM
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?
 
2013-01-01 01:50:50 PM

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
 
2013-01-01 01:55:51 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?


You would have loved Action (Traction) Park in NJ.
 
2013-01-01 01:57:02 PM
I find that the judicial system is the only system around that is sane more than 50% of the time.
 
2013-01-01 01:57:02 PM
There's amusement in the ruling.
 
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".
 
2013-01-01 02:05:08 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 02:05:37 PM
Good, some people with some sense made a good decision.
 
2013-01-01 02:06:43 PM

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
 
2013-01-01 02:08:06 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.


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.
 
2013-01-01 02:10:40 PM
I'm astounded this even got to court.
 
2013-01-01 02:21:20 PM
What's the catch? There has got to be one, California doesn't have enough common sense to make rulings like this!
 
2013-01-01 02:26:58 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.


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.
 
2013-01-01 02:32:39 PM
Inconsolable

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2013-01-01 02:32:40 PM
Keep your head, and arms, inside the Mixer at all times.
 
2013-01-01 02:34:01 PM
"Patrons are less safe today than they were yesterday," Rosenberg said.

Seriously?
 
2013-01-01 02:40:26 PM

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.
 
2013-01-01 02:40:40 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 02:40:42 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 02:43:55 PM

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

Seriously?


Well, only the stupid ones.
 
2013-01-01 02:48:05 PM

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.
 
2013-01-01 02:52:44 PM
Was alcohol a factor?
 
2013-01-01 02:52:44 PM

Brick-House: Inconsolable


So much THIS....
 
2013-01-01 02:52:58 PM
Is this gonna turn into a traction park thread?
 
2013-01-01 02:59:50 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/obligatory
//You're welcome
 
2013-01-01 03:02:43 PM
how do you break your wrist in a bumper car? i want to know the mechanics involved in that
 
2013-01-01 03:05:16 PM

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".
 
2013-01-01 03:11:16 PM

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.
 
2013-01-01 03:23:50 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.


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?
 
2013-01-01 03:37:50 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 03:42:52 PM
dl.dropbox.com
 
2013-01-01 03:50:10 PM
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.
 
2013-01-01 03:50:22 PM
California? Wow, that was suprising.
 
2013-01-01 04:14:31 PM

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
 
2013-01-01 04:22:16 PM
Took long enough for this

/waiting patiently for people to sue booze makers for making them drunk
 
2013-01-01 04:43:40 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


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.
 
2013-01-01 05:09:16 PM

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.
 
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