Florida legislators propose helmet law for skateboarders
Posted on February 6, 2017 | Categorized: Head Injuries
Legislators in Florida would like to make it illegal for kids to ride a skateboard without wearing a helmet. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014, over 100,000 people suffered a head injury from skateboarding. In an effort to decrease that number, Florida legislators are attempting to enact a law that would compel riders to wear a helmet.
The Florida Congressman who is in charge of trying to have the bill passed is House Representative Richard Stark of District 104. Under the proposed law, it would be illegal for anyone under age 16 to ride a skateboard or a scooter without wearing a helmet.
However, perhaps a helmet should be required of anyone who rides a skateboard or scooter, regardless of age. Consider the case of an 18-year-old Florida State University student who fell off his skateboard while returning to his dormitory from the campus library. As he was descending a hill, he abruptly fell backwards off his skateboard, and struck his head on the concrete.
He suffered traumatic brain injury, and was induced into a coma to enable his brain to rest, and his body to accept the pain medication. In the end the student managed achieve recovery, after which he was in rehabilitation, and then in outpatient physical therapy.
Although no one was at fault in causing the accident, the new law would help prevent riders from suffering severe injuries after a fall. If you sustained a head injury as a result of negligence on the part of another person or entity, call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.