Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
1-877-543-3523 toll free
575-208-5300 local

Wrongful death suit filed in woman's fall from Texas Giant coaster

As you probably remember, in July a woman was riding the Texas Giant roller-coaster at Six Flags in Arlington when she was apparently unable to hold on during one of the coaster’s twists where the riders are upside-down. Tragically, she was ejected from the ride, thrown into support pilings, and fell 75 feet to her death.

Her stricken family filed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Six Flags Entertainment, claiming that the company was negligent in its maintenance or operation of the Texas Giant, and that negligence led to the woman’s death.

Indeed, when the coaster was inspected after the fatal accident, “disturbing anomalies” were found, according to the lawsuit. These included “inconsistencies in the relative locking positions of the safety bars in various seats in the car in which Rosa Esparza had been riding, and inconsistencies and intermittent failures in the green light system that was supposed to confirm the correct placement of the safety bars for the seats of the car.”

After that inspection, Six Flags admits it replaced a defective limit switch for a restraint bar in the very car the woman rode in, the lawsuit says.

In its response to the lawsuit, Six Flags denied any responsibility for the accident. First of all, it asserted, it shouldn’t be held responsible because it played no design or manufacturing role in the roller-coaster or in the restraint system that allegedly failed. It relied on the expertise of the companies that designed the coaster and the restraint systems.

Moreover, the company claims that it was not negligent in its operation or maintenance of the ride, as it followed all of the manufacturers’ instructions, the safety codes recommended by the international standards organization ASTM International, and Texas law. Furthermore, the ride was given a certificate of inspection by an independent inspector just months before the tragedy.

Park employees acted reasonably at all times surrounding the accident, the company says, and 2.5 million people have safely ridden the Texas Giant without incident since it was refurbished in 2011.

Which party is right? Often, the main reason people file wrongful death cases is that they need answers about their loved one’s death. Also, while they can’t bring back a family member, they can provide needed compensation, especially when the deceased was financially responsible for a family.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Roller Coaster Suit Faces Six Flags Resistance,” David Lee, Oct. 14, 2013

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

GET THE HELP YOU NEED CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS

Email Us For A Response

Bold labels are required.

Please note that First AND/OR Last Name, and Email AND/OR Phone are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Sugar Land Office
Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
56 Sugar Creek Center Boulevard
Suite 300
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Phone: 281-201-0988
Toll Free: 877-543-3523
Fax: 281-491-5055
Sugar Land Law Office Map

Katy Office
Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
702 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450

Phone: 281-201-0988
Toll Free: 877-543-3523
Fax: 281-491-5055
Katy Law Office Map

Richmond Office
Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
201 South 11th St.
Richmond, TX 77469

Phone: 281-201-0988
Toll Free: 877-543-3523
Fax: 281-491-5055
Richmond Law Office Map

Houston Office
1201 Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77007
Phone: 281-201-0988
Toll Free: 877-543-3523
Fax: 281-491-5055
Map and Directions

Austin Office
Reed & Terry, L.L.P.
2312 Western Trails Boulevard
Suite 102-A
Austin, TX 78745

Phone: 281-201-0988
Toll Free: 877-543-3523
Fax: 281-491-5055
Austin Law Office Map

Review Us