According to the National Safety Council, in 2012 about 324 million people visited an estimated 373 fixed-site amusement facilities in the United States. The council reports that there were a total of 1,347 injuries that year, or 0.9 injuries per million patron-rides. About 54 percent of the injuries occurred on family and adult rides, a decrease of 13 percent from 2011. Roller coaster injuries, which are counted separately, accounted for 38.2 percent of all injuries, up 27.2 percent from the previous year. The remaining 8 percent of injuries occurred on children’s rides, down 41 percent from a year earlier.
SNAPSHOT OF AMUSEMENT PARKS AND INJURIES, 2012 (1)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission collects data on fixed rides at amusement and theme parks, along with mobile rides at events such as carnivals, and other events. It estimates that there were 43,846 hospital-treated injuries from accidents at these sites in 2012, up 18 percent from 2011. In 2012, 19,491—45 percent—of these injuries were sustained by children between the ages of five and 14. The majority of those injured of all ages were treated and released, but over a thousand people were hospitalized or killed.
AMUSEMENT ATTRACTION INJURIES BY AGE AND MEDICAL TREATMENT, 2008-2012 (1)