Skateboarding is an exciting, fun and sociable activity, which is also great for keeping in shape, but it does pose risks for your health. Skateboarding injuries are fairly common and they can sometimes be severe; types of accident range from minor slips, trips and falls to potentially life-threatening falls from height. Knowing the dangers of skateboarding can help you minimise the risk of sustaining a sport-related injury.
Most common skateboarding injuries
Skateboarding is often fast-paced and frantic and you have to take risks in order to improve and develop and hone your skills; as a result, it’s no surprise that injuries are fairly common. The most commonly seen skateboarding injuries include:
- head injuries
- cuts and bruises
The most common types of accidents are falls and collisions, which may occur between two skaters or between a skater and a surface or object. The severity of injuries can range from minor injures, which don’t require any treatment, to fatal head and spinal injuries.
Safety tips for skateboarders
If you’re skating in a public place, such as a council-run skate park, it is important to follow the safety instructions, which are in place to reduce the risk of public place accidents and injuries caused by slips and trips and falls from height. Pay attention to others around you, wait until there is space for you to try your tricks and always wear suitable clothing and protective equipment. A well-fitted, good quality helmet is essential, as falling without a helmet can increase the risk of head injuries and trauma, which may cause irreparable damage to the brain. Taking risks is part and parcel of skateboarding, but be careful and try to progress steadily.
Can I make a claim for skateboarding injuries?
If you’ve been injured while skateboarding in a public place and you believe that your accident was caused by negligence on somebody else’s part, you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. If you can prove that you had no part to play in the incident and the accident occurred within the last three years, Accident Advice Helpline could secure a public liability compensation payout for you.
Examples of negligence may include poorly maintained facilities or failure to ensure that a public area meets the relevant health and safety standards. For more information about no-win no-fee* compensation claims, and to talk through your public place accident claim with an experienced lawyer, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice