Trends: Body pain or illness reported

Reports of illness or onset of body pain account for 13% of the accidents reported to state ride safety agencies. Some incidents of this type have been found to be caused by the ride, some may be unrelated to the ride, and some may occur when a pre-existing condition is exacerbated by the ride.

It's not usually possible to determine one from the other based on the short incident descriptions provided by state safety agencies. For example, headache, nausea, seizure, or loss of consciousness can occur spontaneously in susceptible individuals, but those conditions could also result from a patron striking his head against the harness during a high energy ride.

Reported body pain or illness

The following tables show the types of reported body pain or illness, as identified in public accident reports provided to Saferparks by state regulatory agencies. Click on the accident category to view database information.

Source: Public records provided by U.S. regulatory agencies under widely varying laws. Regulated industry sectors & devices and criteria for reporting accidents are different in every jurisdiction. 83% of the records were provided by three states (NJ, CA, and TX). 88% of the reports fall within the years 1999-2007. See the Data Sources page for more information.