Complex skateboarding liability

Skateboarding is a common recreational activity in New York. It is also considered a relatively high-risk sport, and there is a possibility of serious injury while skateboarding. This risk has given skateboarding a great deal of legal attention as premises liability laws may factor into a lawsuit related to skateboarding injuries.

Premises liability involves a property owner's duty of care toward any visitor to provide them with a safe environment and clearly mark any hazards on the property that could pose a safety risk. If the property owner fails in this duty of care, they open themselves up to a personal injury lawsuit if a person is injured due to that negligence. Many property owners are resolving this issue in relation to skateboarding by posting signage prohibiting the activity on their property. There are also local laws and ordinances in most places that restrict skateboarding or prohibit it in many public places.

Many localities have made and enforced laws that encourage skateboarding only in designated areas like skate parks. The popularity of skateboarding has also encouraged the creation of more such parks all across the country. These parks give skaters a safer environment in which to have fun and ease the pressure on other public places or private areas.

Many people may be wondering what happens if they are injured while skateboarding. Their options to collect damages may vary widely depending on where the incident occurred and what caused the injury. In a public park, the city or local Parks and Recreational Department is responsible for maintenance, safety and cleanliness. If a park visitor, such as a skateboarder, is injured while using the park, and this injury can be traced back to an unsafe or unmarked hazard in the park that should have been fixed, the city or department may be liable for the injury. An attorney could help a client file a premises liability lawsuit.

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