Roller skates are commonly used for recreation and sports, but they can often present risks of accidents and injuries to people who use them. Roller skating accidents can vary in nature, and can involve:
- Accidents involving motor vehicles
- Collisions with pedestrians, bicyclists, or other roller skaters
- Collisions with stationary object
- Accidents involving dangerous conditions (such as an unrepaired pothole in the road or crack in the sidewalk)
- Accidents resulting from defects with a roller skate product
- Various other situations and incidents
Also, roller skating accidents can vary especially according to the location of the incident. They can result in injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, joint injuries, head/neck injuries, and other types of injuries.
Liability for roller skating accidents will depend on the situation and the type of injury involved. For instance, in accidents where a motor vehicle strikes a roller skater, liability may lie with the driver if they were negligent or reckless in their driving. Liability may increase if the driver was drunk while driving.
In other cases, manufacturers of roller skating products can be held liable if a product defect causes injury to a person. For instance, if a roller skate product has a defective wheel design that makes the skate less stable, the manufacturer may be held liable for injuries caused by the defect.
Lastly, some roller skate injuries occur in places where liability is limited or waived by skaters. An example of this is where roller skaters participate in a roller derby. In such cases, roller skaters may waive their ability to file claims against other derby participants if an injury occurs as a natural result of the derby competition. However, participants can still be held liable for injuries if they are negligent or if their conduct is outside the derby rules (such as intentionally causing serious harm to another opponent). Similar liability factors can apply to injuries at skate parks as well.
Some roller skating accidents can be serious and can involve complex injury laws and legal issues. These may need to be resolved in court through a lawsuit. In such lawsuits, the injured party may often be awarded a monetary damages award. The award may be sufficient to cover major expenses and losses such as hospital bills, medical costs, and other losses such as lost wages during recovery periods.
In cases where a product defect is an issue, the product will likely be recalled, and class action suits may be filed as well. In cases involving injuries that were caused intentionally, other damages may apply, such as punitive damages.
Roller skating injury claims can be complicated and may require the assistance of a lawyer. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you need help with a lawsuit. Your attorney can assist you during the filing process and can also represent you in court during important meetings and hearings.