Cincinnati, OH – This week, the Ohio State Fair’s opening day had the lowest amount of attendees it has seen in the past eight years.
According to WCPO Cincinnati, attendance at the opening day of the Ohio State Fair hit a record low this week since 2010. The aftermath of a fatal ride accident is still lingering around the fairgrounds, which is one of the main reasons why people decided to stay away from the fair this year.
However, the general manager of the fair, Virgil Strickler, blames the lack of attendees on rainy weather. In a news release from this past Tuesday, he said that while attendance has grown annually over the last couple of years, it’s normal for attendance to change from year to year depending on a variety of different factors.
While the Ohio State Fair’s attendance in 2016 was 921,214 and 982,305 in 2015, this year it was only 801,031, a 13 percent drop from 2016. The fair was open from July 26th to August 6th this year.
On the first day of the fair this year, July 26th, one of the rides, the Fire Ball, injured seven people and killed 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell. Fox 19 Now reports that four people are still hospitalized from the incident, with one woman who is still in a coma. According to the manufacturer of the ride, KMG, the arm broke off in the middle of the ride due to an excessive amount of corrosion on the inside of the gondola arm.
As a result, KMG requested that all owners of rides similar to the Fire Ball shut them down until the investigation was completed. Apparently, the Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair was over 18 years old.
The Ohio Governor also shut down all State Fair rides until thorough inspections were done. Rides reopened on July 30th.
The fatal accident in Ohio left Jarrell’s girlfriend, University of Cincinnati student Keziah Lewis, hospitalized for serious injuries. Jarrell’s family is reportedly using accident attorneys to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Needless to say, the recent fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair is nothing short of a tragedy. Make sure you are prepared if a similar situation happens to you.
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In Ohio, an injured person has two years from the injury date to have an accident lawyer file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the injury. If you do not file your lawsuit in time, you run the risk of having the Ohio court system refuse to hear your case. You will also give up any compensation you may have been entitled to.
It is not uncommon for the party you are claiming is responsible for your injuries to counter-argue that you are the one to blame. If this is the case, then it may affect the total compensation you can receive from other at-fault parties.
Caps on Damages.
The Ohio Supreme Court has placed limits on the kinds of damages an individual can receive in a court case. Damages for pain and suffering is capped at $250,000 or three times the amount of economic damages. Punitive damages cannot go over twice the amount of economic damages.
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