A 20-year-man was rushed to the hospital after he was struck by a car while riding his skateboard, according to sources. The man’s identity was not released. According to reports he was riding in Lemon Grove near San Diego.
The accident occurred on Central Avenue, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Agt. Victor Rivera. According to Rivera, the man on the skateboard was wearing dark clothing and listening to an iPod. The accident occurred around sundown, at 7:35 p.m. He suffered a broken leg and a contusion on the back of his head.
In order to minimize the risk of injury, skateboarders, cyclists and pedestrians should make themselves easy to see at night by wearing reflective clothing and/or lights. (CA law requires cyclists to have multiple lights and reflectors for riding in the dark. See here for more details.) “Vulnerable users” on the streets (anyone not in a protected vehicle) should also keep at least one ear available to warn them of dangers. (CA law allows cyclists to have an earpiece in only one ear.) Finally, cyclists and skateboarders should wear helmets to protect themselves from serious head injuries.
Try to put yourself in a drivers position—if it is difficult to see you from the road, your life is at risk.
Dudek Law Firm, APC—San Diego personal injury attorney.