Many extreme sports enthusiasts love spending their time at the skate park, but this can often end in disaster. Skate parks are especially dangerous when a skater is not wearing the proper padding at the skate park. This can facilitate a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, or a broken bone. At some skate parks, there is no one to blame for an accident but the victim.
This is especially true if there are signs at the park that warn all riders that they need to wear the proper padding, a helmet, and exercise caution when in the park. Some skate parks even have signs which declare that the city is not responsible for any injuries that occur because of a person's failure to maintain balance in the park. Many skaters like to take risks, and the city doesn't want to be responsible for the outcome of these endeavors.
Yet there are some situations where the skate park can be held responsible for any injuries that happen there. The U.S Consumer Product and Safety Commission estimates that about 26,000 people end up in emergency rooms every year with skate-related injuries. Some of these injuries can be extremely serious and cause permanent damage. Spectrum Health claims that most skate park accidents are because of a lack of protective equipment, poor board maintenance, or irregular riding surfaces. If a skate park has no signs to warn riders of the dangers and precautions that must be taken, and if you never signed an agreement form before entering into the park which declares that you will not sue the skate park for any reason, then you may have the right to seek compensation.
You can also typically seek compensation at any skate park if you were injured because of an obvious danger that was preventable. For example, if one of the bars in the skate park was broken, and you stumbled and fell onto that bar, incurring an injury, then you may be able to sue because the skate park was not properly maintained. If your accident was because of an irregular surface such as cracks in the concrete that caused you to stumble or potholes and raised concrete, then these may be legitimate reasons to seek compensation.
Skate park safety is essential, especially in Santa Clarita. According to SkatePark.Org, California is the number one state of skate park and skateboarding fatalities. In fact, in 2011 11 people died in California alone while on a skateboard. Texas was the runner up state for fatalities with only four of these accidents. Most of the victims of these terrible accidents were teenagers between 13 and 19 years old. In total, 42 people died in skate park and skateboard accidents throughout the United States, which means that over 25% of those victims died in a California skate park. 26 of the victims were between 18 and 18 years old, and another 13 were between 19 and 24. The average age for skateboarding fatalities in the United States is 17.
According to Spectrum Health, it is very important that skate park users wear a strapped helmet, elbow pads, wrist guards and knee pads. If any of these products fail to protect a person from an accident, especially a helmet, and you believe it is because of a product liability error, then you may have the right to seek compensation from those involved. As well, most skate parks should make rules that maintain only one person is allowed on a ramp at a time, and no food or drink is allowed in the skate park to prevent slippery spills. It is also extremely dangerous to skate when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as this can facilitate serious injury.
If you need more information about skate park injuries or believe that you may have a legitimate claim and want to discuss it with a Santa Clarita personal injury lawyer, then contact The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today for more information at (661) 752-5905. The lawyers at this firm are dedicated to helping you through your injury claims and fighting for compensation on your behalf in situations where you believe that you were injured because of someone else's negligence or recklessness. In addition to assisting you in your financial expenses, attorneys at the firm want to hold others accountable for dangerous behavior or actions. Don't hesitate to schedule your free consultation with the firm today if you want to learn more!