Arizona residents who have family members or friends who skateboard may be aware just how hazardous the activity can be. In fact, many skateboarders enjoy the sense of danger they may feel after completing a difficult trick. Even though this is rewarding for the skateboarder, it can be a major liability for a property owner if an accident occurs.
Every year, it is estimated that 25,000 people visit the emergency room due to skateboarding injuries. Because there are so many dangers associated with skateboarding, there are many laws and regulations that control or ban the activity. In many cases, skateboarding is grouped together with the traffic laws that affect bicyclists and pedestrians, though there are some laws that specifically target the activity. Skateboarders are often required to obey any traffic signs.
If people decide to skate on private property and they suffer an injury, the property owner could potentially be held liable. This includes cases where the skateboarder was invited onto the person's property. As such, property owners must ensure that they have the correct signs posted. Further, skateboarding on certain property can actually cause quite a bit of damage to concrete structures, handrails and benches.
If people suffer an injury when they are on someone else's property, they may be eligible to file a premises liability claim especially if the property is dangerous or the hazards were not properly marked. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the injury, an attorney may file the paperwork and gather any evidence that shows the extent of the damage, such as medical reports. The attorney may work with the property owner's insurer to cover the cost of the damages. If an inadequate settlement is offered, litigation may be the next step.