It is no secret that California has its share of tourism draws, and for many people, visiting one of the state’s numerous amusement parks is a great way to kick back and relax with friends and family. Regrettably, though, accidents that result in injuries are surprisingly common at many of these attractions, and they can place a serious damper on an otherwise enjoyable visit.
Many factors contribute to California being a mecca for those looking for diversion. The state's many amusements and theme parks, its association with the entertainment industry, its consistently moderate climate, and its unique geography allow it to offer any sort of activity you want. Yet yours and your family's participation in many of the activities offered in the state may be contingent on you signing a liability waiver. The general assumption is that once you have signed a liability waiver, the party it protects is absolved of any responsibility for accidents that you or one of your family members may suffer. Yet is that really the case?
California residents typically enjoy the mild temperatures by getting outside. Completing errands on foot provides the opportunity to save gas and reduce the carbon footprint. Uneven, cracked or damaged paved walkways can be hazardous to those using them. If a pedestrian sustains an injury by tripping or falling while on the sidewalk, who is liable?