Danger and thrill are often two sides of one coin. Roller coasters are the quintessential example of this dynamic. As riders board the ride, thoughts of cars flying off the track, support beams collapsing, or safety bars falling may fill their minds. Every clank and rattle may evoke fear. These elements contribute to the suspense and excitement that coasters deliver. Fortunately, roller coaster accidents are rare. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has stated that the likelihood of dying on a roller coaster in one in 750 million.
However, it is important to be aware of the risks when visiting an amusement park. This infographic explores every news-worthy accident and injury that has occurred at major U.S. amusement parks in the past 10 years. When considering the immense number of park attendees each year, injuries and deaths are far and few between.