Inline skates, or roller blades, are similar to roller skates except that the wheels are positioned in a line rather than next to each other. The design is intended to mimic the action of ice skates, thus allowing the user to maneuver on hard surfaces in a manner similar to ice skating. They are popular in sports such as street hockey or roller blade racing.
Due to their unique design, inline skate injuries may be somewhat distinct from roller skate injuries. For one, the design may result in more ankle injuries because there is the possibility that the inline skate can allow the ankle to flex. Other injuries include:
- Broken bones, bruises, and abrasions
- Head and neck injuries
Roller blades are also sometimes used on ramps, which can increase the risks of injury as well. Some inline skate accidents may involve collisions with pedestrians, other skaters, stationary objects (such as a wall or a pole), or collisions with motor vehicles. Rollerblade accidents can also occur at skate parks and other similar areas.
Who can be Held Liable for an Inline Skate Accident?
Inline skate injuries can be caused by many factors. Thus, liability may be different from case to case. In some instances a person may be held liable for a collision injury if their negligence caused the accident. As mentioned, in cases where a motor vehicle is involved in the accident, the driver of the vehicle can sometimes be held liable. This can happen for instance if the driver was disregarding road safety rules, resulting in injury.
Other accident cases may be caused by a defect with an inline skate product, such as a defect with the brakes. Here, the manufacturer might be held liable for the injuries.
What are the Legal Remedies for an Inline Skate Lawsuit?
Inline skate injuries can be serious and may require legal action. In such cases, the legal remedy may be a compensatory damages award, which is issued to the victim to help them compensate for their losses. The damages can often cover: medical and hospital bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.
In cases where an inline skate model is particularly dangerous, a recall may be issued of the product. Class action lawsuits can also result if several people were injured by a similar cause.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with an Inline Skate Injury Lawsuit?
Inline skate accidents and roller blade injuries can be serious, and may involve some serious losses. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a legal claim. Your attorney can provide guidance, representation, and advice for your case.