Skateboarding is a fun and fast-paced activity, which is enjoyed predominantly by younger people. Although many people use their skate park without sustaining injuries, skateboarding can be a dangerous sport and there is a high risk of injury, usually caused by slips, trips and falls.
If you’re a regular visitor to the skate park or you’re planning your first trip, here are some simple steps to help you avoid skate park accidents.
Wear protective equipment
Skateboarding, roller-skating and rollerblading can all be dangerous sports and injuries are fairly common. If you’re planning to participate in these sports for the first time or you go skateboarding on a regular basis, it’s important to have the right equipment and protective clothing, including knee and elbow pads and a helmet.
It’s also advisable to wear trousers, rather than shorts and to ensure you have well-fitted shoes, which offer stability and support for your ankles and provide grip.
It can be tempting to get carried away and try all kinds of tricks and skills, especially if other people around you are going all-out on the ramps and jumps; however, stretching yourself too far is likely to result in a fall from height or injuries caused by landing awkwardly. Know your limits and aim to improve gradually.
Use the facility properly
Skate parks are designed to provide a safe and secure place to skateboard and it’s important that the facilities are used properly. Stick to the designated jumps and ramps and avoid trying to skate or jump over barriers, fences or objects which are there to promote safety.
Can I claim for an accident in a skate park?
If you have been injured in a public place and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
If you suffer a slip, trip or fall injury in a public skate park and the accident was caused by negligence on the part of the person or organisation responsible for its maintenance, you may have a case for public liability compensation; an example may be suffering a slip or trip on a poorly maintained ramp.
The owner or manager of the park has a legal duty to ensure that users are safe and has therefore, failed to fulfil this by letting people skate when the ramp is hazardous.
If you would like to find out if you have a viable compensation claim following a skateboarding accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice