Here at SM Law Group, our attorneys see a variety of injury cases on a daily basis. One type of accident that has been increasing in frequency on the streets of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley are skateboard accidents. Skateboards are a popular mode of transportation, and the rules of the road that apply to pedestrians and bicyclists also apply to skateboards. When a driver is negligent and somehow injures a skateboarder, that skateboarder has a right to file a personal injury claim to compensate for their pain and suffering.
The following situations are skateboard accidents that could give rise to a personal injury claim under California tort law:
AUTO ACCIDENTS: There are many reasons why the driver of a car could collide with a skateboarder. Either not following traffic laws, running red lights, or failing to observe crosswalks could all result in serious injuries to a skateboarder. However, one of the increasingly dangerous situations that all pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders face is the danger of being struck by a distracted driver. Talking on cell phones, texting, or any other activity that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can be deadly for a skateboarder on the sidewalk.
POTHOLES, DANGEROUS SIDEWALKS, UNEVEN SURFACES: When skateboarding, serious accidents can occur if the road that is being utilized is dangerous and not properly maintained. Depending on whether it is a private of publicly maintained surface, the injured skateboarder may be able to file a claim for pain and suffering.
SKATE PARK ACCIDENTS: Accidents at a skate park can be extremely dangerous and even fatal. These accidents can include collisions with other individuals or accidents caused by dangerous design of the park. These accidents can cause serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment.
FAULTY EQUIPMENT: Skateboards, helmets, and other protective gear that is manufactured incorrectly or otherwise defective can also give rise to a lawsuit against the manufacturer who produced dangerous equipment.
If you or someone you love were involved in a skateboard accident in the San Fernando Valley, don’t be turned aside by an insurance company simply because they treat skateboarders differently than pedestrians. You still have rights to compensation and the fact that you were on a skateboard does not change the responsibility of others to drive or otherwise behave in a manner that is safe. Drivers, other skateboarders, and the makers and maintainers of parks and public roadways have a duty to act in a manner that will not expose other individuals to an unreasonable risk of harm.
At SM Law Group, our attorneys keep up with the cutting edge of personal injury law, including distracted driving, skateboard accidents, and other new areas of law. Our attorneys and staff are available to discuss the facts of your case and will advise you on whether or not you might be able to file a claim for your injuries. Call our office today and get started seeking justice for injuries from your Los Angeles skateboard accident.