Fatal Skateboard Accident
We Protect the Rights of Injured Skateboarders in Fullerton, Irvine and Orange County, California
Skateboarders and those who enjoy the excitement and joy of riding a skateboard in Southern California are protected by the same laws that address pedestrians when they are traveling on sidewalks, in crosswalks, or riding on California’s roadways. It is unfortunate that one in six California fatal accidents involve pedestrians, and many of these are skateboarders. Accidents that involve a skateboarder usually result in serious or severe injury, and can sometimes unfortunately be fatal. I have worked on many of these cases in my 40-plus years of injury trial experience, and represented injured skateboarders, and the families of those who have died in a fatal skateboard accident due to the negligence of another, known as wrongful death cases.
A skateboarder is at an extreme disadvantage when they come into contact with a vehicle, especially if that car, truck or motorcycle is moving. Fractures and broken bones in the arms, legs, elbows, knees and shoulders are common. Fractured pelvis and rib injuries usually include damage to internal organs and can result in life-threatening injuries. Skateboarders do not usually wear helmets, and these accidents can also result in open or closed head injuries, coma, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion and other head trauma that can permanently affect the skateboarder’s ability to process information, even having long-term effects on their basic personality.
Fatal Accidents Involving a Skateboarder
If your family member has been the victim of a fatal skateboard accident involving a car, truck or motorcycle, you are facing incredible challenges. The first and most important is your well-being and that of your family — you need time to grieve and to support others in the family through this process. It is important to protect your family’s legal and financial interest as well and to pursue a wrongful death action against those responsible for your loss. In my experience, many of these cases begin as a “hit-and-run.” This is especially painful as there is no closure to the event, and financial recovery is limited at first to the uninsured motorist coverage of your policy. California’s statute of limitations limits the time frame for you to begin the wrongful death case, and it is important to find an experienced and proven attorney with experience in these types of cases. You want to be able to turn over the management of the accident and legal work to a trustworthy partner, so that you and your family can mourn and heal.
It is important to preserve vital evidence from the scene, as well as interview witnesses of the accident while their memory of the event is recent and vivid. It may be important to reconstruct the accident to be able to better understand the events that took place, and to prepare for negotiations and ultimately a trial that will aggressively pursue your interests. I will work with you personally to keep you informed every step of the way, and to pursue all potential sources of recovery for you and your family.
Ask a California Wrongful Death Lawyer
I understand what you and your family members are going through after the loss of a loved one. To discuss your wrongful death lawsuit after a fatal skateboard accident, contact me, a personal injury and wrongful death lawyer, now. Call my office at 949-273-2693 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation.