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How to be a Safe Skateboarder in Charleston, South Carolina

Local news sources report that a teen was killed while skateboarding in the evening on a road in James Island in mid-September. The accident took place at an intersection and, as of yet, the driver faces no charges according to ABC News. Car accidents—especially when they involve pedestrians, bicyclists, and skateboarders—can be devastating, leading to serious injuries and even death.

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Many factors contribute to skateboarding accidents and injuries in Charleston, South Carolina. For instance, in the case of the teen killed earlier this month, sidewalks in the area are of such poor quality that skateboarders cannot use them. City officials have a responsibility to protect all road and pedestrian users. The family of the victim is pushing to have the city put in sidewalks, clean up bushes on the side of the road, and install proper street lights. According to ABC News, road repair initiatives in James Island are particularly difficult to coordinate because there are three distinct jurisdictions located in the city.

While citizens in Charleston have been fighting for improved roads, there are many things skateboarders can take into account to keep themselves safe.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the best thing riders can do to stay safe is to wear proper protective gear. A helmet is essential. Many of the serious and fatal accidents sustained by skateboarders occur due to head trauma. Other gear, including wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and goggles are also recommended. All skateboarders should at the very least wear a properly fitted helmet.

Skateboarders should avoid skating around heavy traffic and should inspect road and sidewalk surfaces for irregularities that can lead to accidents. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons also advises against skateboarding at night and during wet weather.

Finding the right skateboard is also important. Skateboards are designed for different use types. Some are better for speed and some are designed for tricks. Users should also regularly inspect their boards for breaks, cracks, sharp edges, wheel damage, or loss of friction surface on the board itself.

Finally, skateboarders should not try to exceed their abilities. Like any “extreme” sport, exceeding abilities is one of the primary factors that leads to accidents. Don’t skateboard on highways or in places with traffic unless you are an experienced skateboarder. And, in general, skating in traffic is dangerous and should be avoided. Skateboarders who are using the road should also follow road laws. Learn the basics before moving on to more advanced maneuvers. Individuals who are learning new tricks should do so in a skate park where access to medical care is available. Don’t try to learn new tricks alone.

Drivers can also protect skateboarders who are forced to use roadways due to a lack of sidewalks or poor sidewalk conditions. Drivers should always obey road laws and give skateboarders adequate space. A skateboarder can fall at any time.

Unfortunately, despite the best of precautions, accidents happen. If you’ve been involved in a car accident in Charleston, South Carolina, the Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. is a personal injury firm that may be able to assist you.



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