Sharing the Road: Skateboarders and Cars
Skateboarding is an activity that is growing in popularity in Connecticut and other parts of the United States. More and more communities are building skate parks and designating public spaces where skateboarding is permissible. But outside of these areas, on public streets and sidewalks for instance, many people are unaware of what laws and regulations apply to skateboarders.
While enjoyable, skateboarding can also be quite dangerous, especially for younger children. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, on average, around 80,000 children visit emergency rooms every year with skateboard-related injuries. About 52% of all skateboard injuries involve children aged 14 and under. The most common injuries include wrist fractures, broken limbs, cuts and bruises, facial injuries such as broken noses or jawbones, and severe head trauma.
What Are the Rules?
The laws that govern skateboard use in Connecticut depends on where you are located. Every municipality will have specific rules with regards to the riding of skateboards, such as where they are permitted and at what times. Different locales have different age restrictions as well. In general, skateboards must follow the same rules that a pedestrian does. This means that skateboards are off limits on many roads and highways. In general, if you are unsure of the skateboard rules for a particular location, exercise caution and stick to areas where pedestrians are allowed.
Skaters can be at a high risk for injuries, especially in areas where there is moderate to heavy motor vehicle traffic. Drivers often have a difficult time seeing and reacting to skateboarders, so you and your children should follow all basic safety guidelines.
Most importantly, riders should wear protective gear while skateboarding. This includes helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards. You’ll also want to wear bright clothing and have reflective stickers on your helmet and backpack to maximize your visibility. Ride cautiously and within your abilities, and don’t allow yourself to get out of control.
The reality is, however, that no matter how many precautions you take, accidents happen anyway, often the fault of a motor vehicle driver. In many cases, a skateboarder who has been injured by someone else will assume that there is nothing he can do about it. But Connecticut laws protect skateboarders and skaters just like they do every other person on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a skateboarding accident due to someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to full compensation for your medical expenses, medication, lost wages, and pain and suffering. At Naizby Law, we have the legal expertise and resources to take on insurance companies and make sure that you are fully protected. Contact one of our personal injury attorneys today at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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