Accidents at Seattle-area skate parks happen everyday. One personal injury attorney explains the low blows that come with a adrenaline high.

Flying High in the Air Could Land You Straight in a Seattle Hospital After a Skate Park Accident

For many kids and teens, the warmer weather of the spring and summer months offers a perfect opportunity to get outside and explore a more adventurous spirit of activity. One popular form of exercise among many adolescents involves extreme sports like biking, in-line skating, or skateboarding on the numerous skateboard parks in the Seattle and Bellevue area.

Whether attempting to perform a Superman on one of Crossroad Skate Park’s half-pipes or practicing a boardslide at BVSP, teens can suddenly discover how easily a serious accident can happen. Broken bones, bruises, sprains, and knocked-out teeth frequently send amateur extreme athletes with dreams of being the next Tony Hawk straight to the hospital.

Among bikers and skaters, head injuries are some of the most common injuries to occur. Concussions, contusions, skull fractures¾these can be extremely serious and cause long-term impairments like blindness, memory loss, or a decrease in cognitive function.

In extreme sports like BMX biking, in-line skating, or skateboarding, tricks often build off each other. However, athlete inexperience, improper training, and a lack of necessary protective gear can contribute to serious accident injuries. In many cases, accidents and injuries are due to athlete error. But they can happen for other reasons, too, such as:

  • Poor skate park maintenance
  • Inadequate park supervision
  • Poor enforcement of safety regulations
  • Confrontations with other bikers or skaters

Safety is always the most important thing to consider for any athlete flying through the air on wheels. We’d like to encourage every young extreme athlete to always take the necessary precautions to avoid serious injuries: wear protective safety gear, check the park for debris or unsafe sections to avoid, and always follow all of the posted restrictions or rules. Check out skate park reviews to learn which parks have the best reputation for safety. And, we hope that the inexperienced choose to learn and practice more difficult stunts under the supervision and advice of those more experienced.

If your teenager has been injured at a Seattle skate park, and have questions about what to do next, please tell us a little bit more about your case by filling out an online request form. Scheduling a no-hassle consultation is easier than your next toothpick hangover!