Laws that Affect Skateboard Accidents in California
Many Californians enjoy skateboarding for both recreation and transportation purposes. Since the weather is often nice for skateboarding all year long in southern California, students may skate to school, employees may skate to work, and some gather at popular spots to enjoy some fun in the sun while boarding. Unfortunately, about 30 individuals a year die in skating accidents, often when struck by an automobile. Which California laws apply and how can you protect yourself?
California Laws Regarding Skateboarding
While many laws are individual to cities and counties, statewide it is required for all skateboarders under the age of 18 to wear a helmet. Drivers are required to pay attention to all pedestrian activity, and this extends to skateboarders. Additional laws regulate the use of skateboards on sidewalks (particularly motorized ones) and the use of skateboards on steep roads.
Be Safe While Skating
Here are a few tips to help prevent skateboarding injuries:
- Wear a helmet even if you are old enough for it not to be required. This can prevent a head injury if you fall from your board.
- Other protective gear is important as well. Elbow and knee pads, and particularly wrist guards, are all important when it comes to preventing broken bones in case of a fall.
- Avoid high traffic areas. Roadways filled with vehicles are no place for a person on a skateboard. This is especially true when it comes to freeways.
If You Are Injured in a Skateboarding Accident
If you or a loved one has been injured in a skateboarding accident with a motor vehicle, please contact the Petrov Law Firm to learn if the driver can be held liable for the accident. Our personal injury lawyers can help you to receive any compensation you may deserve. Call 619-344-0360 to learn more.