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Dallas Attorney Frank L. Branson says Vigilance is Needed to Keep Carnival Riders Safe
September 27, 2012 3:42 pm

When The State Fair of Texas kicks off tomorrow, fairgoers again will have a chance to enjoy one of the largest collections of thrilling midway carnival rides anywhere. While the hair-raising mechanical rides are an important fair tradition, ride operators must be vigilant to ensure that fairgoers are safe from injury, says Dallas attorney Frank L. Branson, who represented parties in a deadly State Fair ride accident in the early 1980s. Records show that amusement ride injuries throughout Texas jumped 18 percent in the last two years, including reports of broken teeth, whiplash and contusions, and often involved young riders. "These rides are an important State Fair tradition, and history shows that they can be safe provided that they're operated in a responsible way," says Branson. "But just one injury is too many, especially when it involves a young rider. Operators must be committed to safety." For more information, contact Robert Tharp at 800-559-4534 or

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