Bakersfield Skateboard Accidents on the Rise
Skateboarding has been part of California culture since the late 50s, when the first commercial skateboard was manufactured. Back then, skateboarders were primarily surfers. But when the first skate shop opened in 1962 in North Hollywood, skateboarding exploded. Unfortunately, so did skateboard accidents.
In 2009, nearly 15,000 children age 14 and younger were admitted to emergency rooms because of skateboarding related accidents, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Skateboarding is also one of the top 10 sporting activities that lead to head injuries in the U.S. Most skateboarding injuries happen on public streets and involve collisions with moving vehicles.
The last few years has seen a rise in Bakersfield skateboard accidents.
Some of those Bakersfield skateboard accidents made headlines. In 2008 and 2009, two teenagers ages 15 and 18, were killed in skateboarding accidents. Both involved collisions with cars. In 2011, one skateboarder was hit by two vehicles in the same night. Amazingly, he survived. And last year, a 22-year-old skateboarder got hit by a car and was hospitalized with critical injuries.
One of the best ways to protect your safety is to wear a helmet. It may not look cool, but it could save your life. Another life saver? Changing where you skate. If you restrict skating to skate parks only, you can significantly reduce your risk of getting seriously injured.
If you or a loved one does get hurt in a Bakersfield skateboard accident, it’s important to hire a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer right away. You could be entitled to receive compensation that will help with medical bills, rehabilitation, income loss and other out-of-pocket expenses.