Potential Injuries at Mayfest

Every year, Mayfest attracts thousands of families around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area with rides, live music, runs, zip lines and many more activities. This year, the festival was held from April 28th to May 1st.

These festivals can be a great time for people of all ages. With such a wide range of activities, there is pretty much something for everybody. There are also plenty of opportunities for injuries. Parents should be aware of these dangers in order to keep their children, and themselves, as safe as possible.

The Dangers of Carnival Rides

It might not surprise you to learn that those wild carnival rides at fairs and festivals might not be the safest choice for family fun. In Texas, carnival rides are required to be inspected for safety once every year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the rides are safe, and it’s not guaranteed that the ride has been inspected in the past year. A sticker will be posted on the carnival ride noting its most recent inspection. Unfortunately, even yearly inspections may be inadequate for assuring riders’ safety.

Food Poisoning at Festivals

Perhaps one of the greatest dangers at these festivals is the food. The United States Department of Agriculture has noted a spike in food poisonings during summer months, which they attribute, in large part, to the festival season. The warm, humid weather and the exposure to multiple people might can provide a breeding ground for bacteria.

Make sure you avoid vendors who appear to lack proper food-handling procedures. The CDC suggests that you look out for the following warning signs:

  • Vendors who don’t have clean workstations
  • Vendors who don’t have sinks for workers to wash their hands
  • Vendors who don’t wear gloves to handle food
  • Vendors who are handling raw food or lack proper refrigeration.

Zip Lining Injuries

As zip lining increases in popularity, so do the number of injuries. One study found that, from 2009 to 2012, zip line injuries increased by 50 percent. Children age 9 and under accounted for 45 percent of these injuries. Around half of these zip line injuries were broken bones. Some of the biggest hazards for zip lining include colliding with a structure or falling from the zip line. Exercise caution when using zip lines, and make sure that you wear proper protective gear. Helmets can be a lifesaver on zip lines.

The next time you go to a festival or a fair, be especially mindful of the potential dangers around you. These events can be a lot of fun, as long as safety is the rule of thumb.

If you or a loved one has been injured at Mayfest or any other Dallas festival due to the negligence of a vendor or ride operator, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the costs of your injuries. At Guajardo & Marks, we will make sure that those responsible will be held accountable for your damages. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options. We offer free consultations and earn no fee unless we win.