Long Island skateboarders share the roads with cars, trucks, and other vehicles with much more speed, weight and power, which is why it is so important for them to take extra precautions to avoid accidents, like following traffic laws and wearing helmets and elbow/knee pads. One of the biggest dangers is a head injury, as took the life of a recent Syosset skateboarder. Other serious injuries include spine and neck injuries, facial injuries, broken bones and bruises.
In addition to wearing protective gear, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offers the following suggestions for safe skateboarding:
- Children under 14 should not ride in the street.
- Only perform complicated skateboard tricks in parks with specially designed areas
- Only one person per skateboard
- Never hitch a ride from a car, bus, truck or any other vehicle
- Learn the proper way to fall in an accident, which may help reduce your chances of being seriously injured. This can be taught to your child: they should crouch down on the skateboard so they don't have as far to fall; try to land on fleshy parts of the body; and try to roll rather than using arms to absorb the shock of the fall.
Skateboarders have rights on the roads and sidewalks. When they are in accidents due to broken sidewalks or other path impediments, or drivers who fail to follow traffic laws they may be entitled to monetary damages for their injuries, pain and suffering.
If you or someone in your family is injured on a skateboard due to someone else's negligence, you can sue for monetary damages. The accident attorneys at Goldstein and Bashner have experience handling cases on Long Island's roadways, parks and sidewalks, and they can help you get the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Contact our lawyers for a free consultation.