People make snap judgments. We look at a few noticeable traits and conclude
we know everything about an individual we encountered just moments before.
Often, a person's choice of transportation causes people to jump to
conclusions: Motorcyclists are wild, aggressive, rough-hewn; Sports car
drivers are arrogant, show-offs, fond of speed; Skateboarders are young,
rebellious, somewhat junior motorcyclists. Generalizations, by their nature,
will be wrong at least some of the time.
Having served as a Panama City Florida skateboard accident lawyer, we've
found most skateboard riders take care to skate smart. Far too many skateboard
accidents occur because of a motor vehicle operator's negligence.
We help skateboard riders dealing with catastrophic injuries and families
coping with loss overcome biases and recover monetary damages,
Driver Hits Skateboarder, Drags Victim 50 Feet, Then Flees
Tragedy struck on Sunday night in Panama City on West 11th Street. Witnesses
told MyPanhandle ABC that a car hit a 15 year-old boy who had been skateboarding,
dragging the teen for more than 50 feet. Eventually, the driver backed
up to free the boy and then took off at high speed. One witness said the
boy remained conscious but repeatedly said he couldn't breathe and
had bad road burn on his entire body. Emergency responders transported
the teen to an area hospital. As of the time of the report, his condition
was unknown. Police are looking for the driver and anyone with information
is urged to call Panama City Police (872-3112) or the anonymous CrimeStoppers
Skateboard Fatalities in the U.S.
Each year, Skaters for Public Skateparks, a non-profit focused on providing
safe skateboarding parks, publishes a list of U.S. skateboarding deaths.
Released in February 2014, their2013 Skateboard Fatalities report lists
21 individuals who died skateboard.jpgwhile skateboarding including 19
killed on public streets (one was in a private parking lot, one on a golf
course). Two of the deaths involved hit-and-run incidents. Approximately
half died in collisions with motor vehicles. The oldest victim, age 50,
was using a skateboard for transportation and was struck by a police cruiser.
Of note, the 2013 deaths were a significant decline from 2012 when the
group memorialized 30 deaths (2 died in 2012 due to incidents occurring
in 2011), all due to roadway incidents and 24 riders were hit by a motor
vehicle. 2012's deaths also marked a decline from the prior year with
2011 seeing 42 fatalities. Discussing the 2012 fatalities, the group concludes
"bodily blunt force trauma caused by a collision with a vehicle"
was the leading cause of death.
Liability and Representation
Florida law provides that skateboarding is only allowed on public lands
or government property if the government specifically okays the activity.
Skateboarders are required to assume the possible risks of the sport/transit
method. Some local ordinances regulate whether or not skateboarding is
permitted on sidewalks.
We certainly agree with the principle that skateboard riders should be
aware of the risks. However, if a skateboarder is hurt or killed because
of a driver's negligent or wrongful acts, we believe the driver should
be held liable. Do not be intimidated by a defense attorney and do not
go it alone. A consultation with Panama City personal injury lawyer Wes
Pittman is always free and injury cases are typically handled on a contingency
basis meaning you only pay our firm if you recover money.
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