Skateboard Accidents in California

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Who is liable in a skateboarding accident?

Skateboarding is a fun recreational activity and method of transportation.  It is estimated that more than 11 million people worldwide skateboard on a regular basis.  With its temperate climate, California is home to a high number of people that skateboard for pleasure or to and from school, work, and other destinations.  Despite the popularity of skateboarding, thousands of youth and adults alike are injured each year in skateboarding accidents and close to 30 people are killed.  Many of these accidents involve skateboarders being hit by motor vehicles.  Due to the lack of protection afforded skateboard riders, they are likely to suffer serious injuries or even death when a car hits them.

Skateboarding Injuries

Skateboarders are at risk of suffering broken bones, sprains, traumatic brain injuries, back injuries cuts and bruises, and other serious injuries if they are hit by a car.  Children are particularly at risk of injury while riding a skateboard due to their smaller size and unpredictability.

Laws Governing Skateboarding in California

California, Los Angeles County, and various cities within Southern California have laws in place governing the safe riding of skateboards.  Under the California Vehicle Code, skateboarders ages 18 and under must wear helmets at all times.  Cities and counties restrict the speed of skateboards, the use of motorized skateboards on sidewalks, and riding skateboards on roads with significant grades.

The drivers of motor vehicles have a duty of reasonable care towards skateboarders.  They must carefully observe their surroundings and watch for skateboarders just as they must look out for pedestrians.  When a car hits a skateboarder, the driver may be held liable for the injuries that result.

Safety Tips for Skateboard Riders

If you ride your skateboard in California, you should follow a few precautions to reduce your risk of being injured in an accident:

  • Wear a helmet: Riders should always wear a helmet to protect against the risk of serious head injury.
  • Wear protective gear: Skateboarders can protect other parts of the body by wearing wrist guards and knee and elbow pads.
  • Do not ride on roadways: Do not ride your skateboard on public roadways with cars.

If you are injured in a skateboarding accident, call the Law Firm of J&Y today by calling (888) 806-6722 to schedule your free consultation.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.