Texas Dept. of Insurance

This work product was gathered by Saferparks as a public service. It is believed accurate when published, but there are regular changes in this information. Last 50-state update: September 16, 2008
Agency Information

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Regulation Type:

No state government safety oversight, but rides must carry insurance

Rides/devices regulated under this authority:

  • Rides at large theme parks
  • Rides at smaller parks
  • Rides at fairs and traveling carnivals
  • Inflatables at carnivals and parks
  • Inflatables - private rentals
  • Go-Karts
  • Bungees
  • Waterslides

Special Conditions:

Rides at permanent parks are exempt from state requirements for daily ride inspections. Rides at large permanent parks are exempt from statute allowing law enforcement officers to shut down unsafe or non-compliant rides.
Regulations Pertaining to Accidents

General categories of accident reporting required for regulated devices:

  • Severe injuries
  • Injuries treated by a physician
  • Injuries requiring on-site first aid
  • Major equipment damage

Reporting Criteria:

Ride-related death or any injury requiring medical care beyond first aid; includes precautionary x-rays. Ride owners submit list of reportable accidents to Dept. of Insurance every three months.

Procedure/Authority for Investigating Accidents:

State law does not grant anyone authority to investigate amusement ride accidents. Operators may re-open a ride following a serious accident once the ride has been re-inspected by the operator's insurance company. Local law enforcement officers have authority to shut down an unsafe or non-compliant ride operated at a carnival or smaller amusement park, but may not interfere with operation of rides at larger parks, even if the ride is non-compliant or appears to be unsafe.

Records Provided to Saferparks:

Log of reported accidents from 1986-spring 2007. Click here to view records