A 52-year-old woman who was visiting Six Flags Over Texas for the first time fell out of a roller coaster car in July. According to authorities, the woman was riding the Texas Giant roller coaster when she slipped, falling approximately 75 feet before hitting a tunneled portion of the ride.
The woman's daughter, who had been sitting in front of her mother, saw her as she was thrown from the ride. Some witnesses reported that the woman had not been latched into the car properly and saw her fall. Others did not know anything was wrong until after the ride was over. After the ride came to a stop, it reportedly took rescue crews approximately one hour before they found the woman's remains. Her body had been nearly severed as a result of the fall.
In September, the family sued the theme park. They said the woman's death was caused by a roller coaster malfunction or due to the woman not being properly strapped into the coaster car. The family is reportedly seeking approximately $1 million in damages. The ride has since reopened with a few safety upgrades, though it was not reported what these safety upgrades were.
A fatal accident can have a huge impact on a family. Those who lose a loved one as a result of negligence on the part of a company may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. This type of lawsuit allows family members to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one, which can help them cope with the financial costs of an unexpected death, including sudden loss of income and pain and suffering. A wrongful death lawsuit also allows the family members to hold the person or company responsible for their family member's death.
Source: New York Daily News, "Roller coaster nearly cuts Texas woman in half: report", Sasha Goldstein, November 12, 2013