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Skateboarding dangers and laws

Many New York residents who ride skateboards as a hobby or use them as their main mode of transportation may be well aware that the activity can be dangerous. Because it is generally considered to be an unsafe activity, especially when skateboarders to not use safety protection gear, there are many laws that ban their use in certain areas.

Some children, teens and young adults enjoy skateboarder due to the sense of danger and the tricks that they can learn to do. However, because skateboarding is considered to be a recreational activity, many cities have passed a variety of laws and ordinances that control it. For example, most cities require skateboarders to follow all traffic signs and stay out of the way of vehicles. Even so, there are still an estimated 25,000 skateboarding injuries every single year.

Even when skateboarders are careful to be safe when they engage in the activity, property owners could still potentially face premises liability claims if someone becomes injured while on their property. This is true even if the skateboarder goes onto private property that does have proper signage banning the activity.

If a skateboarder suffers an injury in an accident that was caused by another skateboarder who was not engaging in the activity safely, the injured person or their family members may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney may assist with actually filing the lawsuit and walking the injured person through the process of seeking compensation. If the accident occurred on private property, the owner of the property may also potentially be included in the lawsuit, especially if the property was not safe for skateboarders.

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