A wrongful death claim has been filed by the family of a motorcyclist who was struck and killed by a falling tree. Edgar Riecke, a motorcycle enthusiast hailing from Durango, Colorado was on a ride through Utah in October of 2014. Riecke was rounding a corner when he was struck and killed by a tree falling directly on top of him. The tree, however, was not simply falling on its own, in fact the tree was being cut down by a pair of two Boy Scouts out collecting firewood for their local troop. The tree fell on top of Riecke, ending his life. Riecke is survived by his son and daughters, who have begun a lawsuit for unspecified damages.
Amusement parks are often the source of fun and great memories. Many offer rides, food, and other experiences that are fun for people of all ages. However, one thing rarely taken into account is the danger they can present to riders. Many people often see these rides as perfectly safe and functional, but there are many dangers associated with these thrill rides. In a recent study reported on by Inquisitor, roller coaster injuries happened on an average of about 4,000 incidents per year. Another study reported on by the publication showed that between 1990 and 2004 there were 52 deaths related to amusement park rides as well. Averaged out, the number of deaths is relatively low, however injuries are incredibly common. In fact, the report actually states that the danger from getting injured at an amusement park is higher than that of a shark attack. So much for safe and fun!
When An Amusement Park Ride Turns Deadly
In a recent incident, one of Kansas’s legislators lost a son in an unfortunate incident involving a waterslide-style rollercoaster this past month. Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas representative Scott Schwab, was on a ride at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Water Park. The ride was the Verrückt, which the them park cites as the world’s tallest waterslide. The ride stands at over 168 feet, plunging riders through an initial drop, then at a rapid velocity sends them over another 50 foot hill. The ride itself reaches speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. All of these features seem incredibly thrilling and fun, however, these things also cost young Caleb Schwab his life.