Family Pursues Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Woman Dies on Six Flags Ride
The family of Rosa Esparza, a woman who was tragically thrown to her death while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, has announced intentions to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the theme park and the ride’s manufacturers.
The lawsuit arises from the events of July 19, 2013, when the restraint system on the Texas Giant failed to properly secure Esparza in her seat, despite several checks performed by park staff and verification of the ride’s automated sensors. Shortly after the roller coaster began moving, Esparza was fatally flung from the ride to the horror of onlookers, which included her daughter and son-in-law.
Although Esparza was the first person to be harmed by the ride, there were several red flags that might have prevented this tragedy. First, the theme park received some advanced warning, as only one day prior to Esparza’s death, one passenger on the Texas Giant had filed a report with park investigators about the reliability of its restraint system. The woman had ridden in the same car Esparza was thrown from and was nearly cleared to proceed before the ride’s operators noticed that her restraint was improperly secured. Since the accident, video of a similar incident has surfaced.
There’s also evidence that the park’s staff failed to act on suspicions. When interviewed by police, one of the Texas Giant’s operators recalled that Esparza’s restraints appeared to be loosely secured. After checking with the automated sensor system, which indicated that the restraints were properly fastened, the ride was cleared to begin.
According to park staff, one week prior to the incident, the ride’s trouble indicators had warned of problems with the same car from which Esparza would be fatally thrown. Maintenance had reportedly serviced the car in an attempt to resolve the issue. In response to the lawsuit, Six Flags has denied responsibility.
While few wrongful death claims receive the same media attention as this one, it’s important to work with a personal injury attorney in Houston if you need to take action against negligent or reckless individuals or organizations.