Myrtle Beach Go-Kart Track Is Currently Facing a Lawsuit As a Teenager Trapped in Burning Go-Kart

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The family of a New Jersey teenager who was trapped in a go-kart that caught fire in July has filed a lawsuit against Broadway Grand Prix for alleged negligence.

A court complaint filed on December 21 by Albert and Kathy Nieves stated;

“Their 13-year-old daughter, who was with her softball team for a tournament in Myrtle Beach in late July, visited Broadway Grand Prix and rode go-karts.”

The girl’s name has not been disclosed in the list.

On Friday, The Sun News reached out to Broadway Grand Prix for comment, but they did not provide any response.

During the ride, the Nieves’ daughter collided with a go-kart driven by a fellow teammate, which resulted in the go-kart catching fire with the daughter trapped inside. According to the lawsuit, the teenager sustained severe burns and experienced significant pain and suffering due to the incident.

The court complaint includes;

“The child has suffered from severe burns, which have resulted in temporary and permanent scars and impairment of physical movements.”

Due to the crash, the family had to pay medical bills, and the parents had to take time off from work to care for their daughter. This has caused a financial burden for the family, which they will continue to face in the future. The family has also filed a complaint against Broadway Grand Prix, alleging that the company failed to review and maintain the go-karts, did not follow the producer’s rules for operating them, neglected to comply with safety regulations, and did not properly prepare for emergencies. In addition, they are filing a lawsuit for careless hiring, training, and management, alleging that the staff are not well-trained to control or manage the go-karts. The company failed to train them to handle emergencies.

The lawsuit stated, 

“The Nieves child followed all the rules and instructions while riding the go-kart.”

Additionally, the lawsuit mentioned that Broadway Grand Prix constantly encourages its customers to drive fast.

The family has requested a trial in front of a judge and jury to address their claim for damages, cost of action, and pre-judgment interest. This incident in Myrtle Beach has highlighted the paramount significance of safety protocols at family entertainment venues. 

The family is facing increasing medical bills and emotional trauma in the aftermath of the incident, highlighting many concerns: the requirements of safety guidelines in family entertainment centers (FECs). 

Several states in the United States, including Alabama and California, have implemented laws to safeguard minors in such settings, with some requiring written consent for child performers and others experienced or trained staff. However, it is worth noting whether these steps are adequate to avert accidents like this one.

The entertainment industry, particularly family entertainment centers (FECs), has been advancing with creative solutions such as UNCONTAINED, a virtual reality (VR) experience that is pandemic-ready, and safety-oriented policies implemented by entities such as Sesame Workshop. The market is expected to expand considerably in the coming decade, indicating a dedication to both enjoyment and safety. Companies are integrating VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies to provide safer interactive experiences, with industry leaders such as The Walt Disney Company organizing this trend.

Considering these developments, venues need to maintain a balance between the excitement of entertainment and the guarantee of safety.

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