Did you suffer injuries at a skateboard park? Here, find out top reasons another party’s negligence may have been the cause of your injuries.

What Are the Causes of Skate Park Accidents?

skatepark accident liabilityFor many kids and teens, warm weather days are a perfect opportunity to get outside and skateboard at the numerous skateboard parks in the Seattle and Bellevue areas. While it can be a fun activity, skateboarding at a skate park can also be dangerous and lead to devastating injuries like traumatic brain injury or death. According to a National Safety Council bulletin, 125,145 people were treated in emergency rooms for skateboard injuries in 2015, and one-third of victims were between the ages of five and fourteen. However, determining whether another party’s negligence was involved in an accident can be complicated.

What Are the Common Causes of Skate Park Accidents?

There are some inherent dangers in skateboarding as is true of any other sport, so not all accidents are due to someone else’s negligence. In some cases, it is the skateboarder’s own actions that result in his injuries. However, there are a number of reasons that skateboarders are injured at skate parks through no fault of their own where they could have a claim for compensation. Some major causes of these tragic accidents include:

  • Potholes, cracks, and uneven surfaces. Skate park owners have a duty to inspect and maintain the skate park. When they allow potholes, cracks, and uneven surfaces to remain without repair, they could face liability if a skateboarder is injured. When the liable party is a municipality, special notice and liability laws may apply, so a victim would need to retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
  • Collisions with skateboarders. In some cases, a skateboarder or biker could cause a collision with another skateboarder due to negligence, such as not obeying park rules, speeding, or engaging in dangerous tricks.
  • Negligent design. Failing to have separate areas for different skill levels, not creating a traffic flow that avoids bottlenecks, and not correcting design defects could create dangerous conditions causing accidents. A victim could have a claim against the engineer or other party responsible for the park design as well as the owner.
  • Defective equipment. If a helmet, skateboard, or other piece of equipment caused a skateboarder’s injuries, he may have a product liability claim against the manufacturer.
  • Auto accidents. A skateboarder could suffer devastating injuries like broken bones, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, or worse if a car hits him in the park while he is skateboarding or returning to his own vehicle or bike. Distracted driving, speeding, and failing to yield are a few of the ways that drivers could be negligent in causing a victim’s injuries.

Did you or a loved one suffer injuries at a skate park? You need the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney to determine who the negligent party was and to negotiate your settlement. Call our office today to schedule your free case evaluation to learn more about your legal options.