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Avoiding liability for skateboarding damages

Residents of California may not be aware that many property owners are concerned about being held responsible for any injuries that skateboarders may sustain on their grounds due to premises liability. However, posting the correct signage may absolve these individuals of an accountability.

Since it is considered to be an unsafe activity, local and state laws exist to regulate, prohibit or control skateboarding. The laws are generally grouped together with those pertaining to bicycling, rollerblading and other pedestrian activities.

The laws classify skateboarding as a recreational activity, and a person's age, time and manner may influence when it is restricted. Most city governments require that skateboarders obey speed limits and stop signs. They also forbid them from obstructing vehicles. Property owners can be freed from liability and prevent a significant number of accidents from occurring by posting the proper signage.

According the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 25,000 people a year visit hospital emergency rooms for skateboard-related injuries. Children under the age of 15 account for almost three-fifths of those injuries. These alarming statistics have compelled local governments to enact more stringent skateboarding laws.

While skateboarding can be dangerous in public areas like in the streets or on sidewalks, it can also be extremely hazardous to private property. In one city, skateboarding has caused considerable damage to handrails, cement structures and benches. The residents of the city believe that the sport will soon be prohibited because of it.

Individuals who are injured on another person's property may have legal recourse. A property owner may be held responsible under premises liability for injuries caused by slip-and-fall accidents, trip hazards, falling objects, dog bites and any other condition for which he or she failed to provide reasonable protection.

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