Roller Coaster Roulette

Rollercoaster Accident

Robert J. Nobilini, Ph.D., Biomechanical Engineer ::::
Case Synopsis: The plaintiff was injured while riding a roller coaster. He testified that the ride was “awfully bumpy” and when the ride ended, he was unable to move. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a distraction fracture and spinal cord injury at the C6-7 level of his cervical spine along with previously undiagnosed ankylosing spondylitis.
Expert Analysis: An examination of the subject roller coaster revealed the presences of brackets on the sides of the track. These brackets contained adjustment screws, which pushed inward on the rails of the track. It was observed that numerous brackets were broken and/or non-functional. Subsequently, it was discovered that these brackets had been installed sometime after the initial installation of the ride in order to maintain the gauge of the track. Continue reading “Roller Coaster Roulette”