On New Year’s Eve, a 26-year-old Winston-Salem male skateboarder was seriously injured when he was hit by an SUV while skateboarding down a road. While skateboarding can be an enjoyable experience, it is important to also practice safety while using a skateboard, particularly when traveling on public roadways.
- Wear the proper protective gear. This includes at least a helmet. Elbow and knee pads and wrist guards are also a good idea, especially if you are a beginner or you are planning to travel at higher speeds. You may even want to invest in a mouth guard. Closed-toe shoes are an essential for skateboarding.
- Consider your surroundings. While at a skate park your worst collision is likely to be with another person or with the ground, when traveling along sidewalks or on the road, you may encounter pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, and other dangers. If it is not safe to skateboard somewhere, do not feel embarrassed to carry your skateboard rather than riding it to and from your destination.
- Make pedestrians aware of you when traveling on the sidewalk. While skateboarding down a sidewalk is generally going to be faster than walking, safety should be a top priority. Do not try to weave between people on a crowded sidewalk when there is not room. Make pedestrians aware of you when you are passing them. Then they will not unintentionally get in your way.
- When traveling on a busy sidewalk or roadway, adjust your speed accordingly.
- Do not weave between parked vehicles on a street. Drivers may not see you.
- Before traveling on a public sidewalk or road, make sure you are comfortable with riding your skateboard. Practice stopping, starting, board control, balance, and proper falling. These skills can be practiced in your driveway, on the sidewalk in front of your house, or even on a less busy street.
Unfortunately, sometimes drivers are not watching for skateboarders, bicyclists, or pedestrians. Even when you are practicing skateboarding safety, you could be injured. If you were hit by a vehicle and injured while riding your skateboard, contact us. Our accident lawyers will provide you with a free case evaluation.