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Skateboarding Injuries and Fatalities: Are Changes on the Horizon?

Skateboarding Injuries and Fatalities in: Are Changes on the Horizon?

Even when the proper protective gear is worn, the risk of injuries for skateboarders is still significantly high. However, when no helmet is worn, skaters are at an even greater risk of suffering a life-threatening injury. In some cases, these injuries can be the result of a negligent property owner or driver. If this is the case, then the injured party may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

If you aren’t convinced this is an issue, consider the following:

In 2011 alone, there were more than 78,000 emergency room visits by children and adolescents (people under the age of 19) due to a skateboard related accident.

Surprising Facts about Skateboarding Injuries

Severe and fatal skateboarding accidents are more of a problem than many people realize. Consider the following:

  • Approximately 52% of all skateboard related injuries involve a child under the age of 15.
  • The majority of children who suffer a skateboard injury are boys (on average 85%).
  • Common injuries include bruises, strains, and sprains to the trunk, neck, legs and arms.
  • Facial injuries are extremely common.
  • Severe and fatal injuries, including TBIs and concussions, are also common.

Because of these shocking statistics and the increase in the number of children and others injured while on a skateboard each year, some state legislators have decided to take action.

Changes to the Law

There is talk of the creation of a new law that would make it against the law for children to ride on a skateboard if they fail to wear a helmet. In reference to information from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014 more than 100,000 people suffered some type of head injury while riding a skateboard. To help and reduce this number, legislators are trying to create a law that encourages riders to wear a helmet.

Is the New Proposed Law Enough?

There are some who wonder if a helmet needs to be required by anyone who is on a skateboard, no matter how old they are. For example, an 18-year-old student who attended Florida State University fell from his skateboard while he was returning to his dorm from the library. As he went down a hill, he fell backwards off the skateboard and hit his head on the concrete.

He wound up suffering a traumatic brain injury and was put into an induced coma to allow his brain to rest and for his body to take the pain medication. While the student was able to recover in the end, he had several months of physical therapy and rehabilitation to endure. If he had been wearing a helmet, the injury would not have occurred.

Have You Been Injured while Riding a Skateboard?

In some situations, such as the example above, there was no one at fault in the accident. However, if negligence plays a role in the injury, then you may be able to recover monetary compensation from the at-fault party. It is best to contact a personal injury lawyer to further discuss your situation.