In Los Angeles, skateboards are often used for recreation and transportation, and continue to rise in popularity. However, thousands of people are involved in skateboard accidents involving a vehicle in the United States each year. Sadly, approximately fifty (50) percent of those accidents involve children less than fifteen (15) years old. Fatal skateboard accidents are also occurring more often. In 2014, more than 25 people were killed in skateboard accidents involving vehicles. These accidents clearly result in substantial physical injuries, medical bills, and lost income. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Due to the lack of protection for skateboarders, skateboarders are vulnerable to significant injuries from these accidents. These injuries typically range in severity. The most common injuries are fractures to arms and wrists, concussions, sprained ankles, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, nerve damage, and facial and body cuts and scars. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should seek immediate medical attention after your accident.
Accidents involving skateboards are governed by the laws of negligence. The law requires drivers to exercise care and caution in order to prevent harm to skateboarders. In other words, drivers must be attentive and watch for skateboarders. If they fail to do so, they may be at-fault for your injuries caused by collisions with automobiles. There are multiple liable persons in these cases. These persons include the driver, registered owner, and the business employing the driver at the time of the accident. As such, it is important to hire an experienced skateboard accident attorney, who will identify all at-fault persons.
As stated above, these skateboard accidents often result in substantial injuries. The severity of these injuries can be attributed to the lack of protection for skateboarders along with the difference in size of a vehicle and a skateboarder. For these reasons, these accidents have sadly proven to be fatal. A family members’ death can result in significant emotional and mental trauma. However, the law provides compensation for injured victims and their surviving heirs for their economic and noneconomic damages. As such, please preserve all evidence relating to the accident, including but not limited to hospital bills, funeral invoices, and correspondence from the other driver’s insurance company.Statute of Limitations
The deadline to file a case involving a skateboard accident depends on the age of the injured person. If the plaintiff is a minor, the case must be filed within two years from the date the plaintiff turns eighteen (18). However, if the plaintiff is not a minor, the case must be filed within two years of the skateboard accident.Contact Us Today
Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one were involved in a skateboard accident. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to skateboard accidents throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.