The longboard gives a skateboarder that much more room to enjoy the ride. Longboarders can build up higher speeds, get more creative, and even perform dance moves along the way.
The extra space and bigger wheels can make a rider feel invincible, but the threats that all boarders face on the road still apply, unfortunately. Distracted drivers can be counted on to overlook anyone smaller than their car or SUV and that error can lead to a devastating accident.
Longboard Accident Hazards In Los Angeles
A longboard rider can do everything they can to stay on the radar of drivers, but a careless motorist can still miss a longboard entirely and make a move that causes a collision. The rider can be sent to the pavement or into another object.
The injuries can be devastating for an unprotected longboarder. In 2017, over 98,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured while boarding, according to the National Safety Council.
A victim will be looking at a potentially lengthy recovery and the possibility of not returning to his or her board for months or years. It’s important to make sure a victim isn’t taken advantage of while they are down.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law we believe every skateboarder and longboarder is entitled to a safe ride. If they are injured, we want to protect the victim and ensure the driver responsible for the accident also takes responsibility for medical bills and other expenses. A victim should not have to face the physical and emotional costs alone.
Los Angeles Longboard Laws
Longboard and skateboard enthusiasts know the struggle of figuring out where they can legally ride. Sometimes on the sidewalk, sometimes in the street, and sometimes neither. The search for a free lane can force riders to get out amongst scary levels of Los Angeles traffic.
California state law doesn’t prohibit skateboards on sidewalks, but many cities have local ordinances prohibiting that exact thing. The City of Los Angeles City does allow skateboarding and biking on sidewalks. Other cities in Los Angeles County either ban it or prohibit sidewalk use in business districts.
The confusing laws apply to riding on the street as well. The City of Los Angeles allows street use, so long as riders stay under 40 mph, stay to the right, and stop at intersections. Los Angeles County streets may be off-limits in some places.
And then there are local curfews to contend with. The one thing that’s clear in California, if you’re under 18-years-old you have to wear a helmet.
What to Do After a Long Board Accident
Immediately after a longboarding accident, victims may need to start gathering evidence to make sure it’s clear who caused the accident. The at-fault driver may or may not accept the blame and it may be up to you to prove it. Insurance companies like to blame longboarders and skateboarders every time they get the chance.
So if you’re able, it’s vital to collect a few things on the scene for your case:
- Call 911. Give a full report to investigators.
- Exchange information with the at-fault driver. Avoid making statements about what happened. The driver’s insurance company may use these statements against you later to deny or reduce your claim.
- Document the scene with your camera. Your board damage, the car that hit you, street signs. Get images of any visible wounds and damaged clothing.
- Note any security cameras that are mounted at businesses or nearby homes that may have captured your accident.
- Get contact information from witnesses.
- Get checked out by EMS crews and your own physician. Make sure they document every injury.
- Hang on to ripped clothing, damaged personal items, including your longboard. Don’t throw evidence out.
Contact a Los Angeles Longboard Accident Attorney
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law we advocate for cyclists, longboarders, and anyone else who uses micromobility machines to travel Los Angeles. We all have a right to the streets and sidewalks and are entitled to a safe journey on them. If you were injured by a careless driver, allow our attorneys to fight for the compensation you’ll need to make a full recovery and get back on your longboard again.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists and skateboarders who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. If you were injured in an accident in Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review