"Skitching" - Skateboard Thrill Seeking with Unintended Results

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner

  

Earlier this summer, a local teenager was killed while skitching, a skateboard stunt that involves riding a skateboard while holding on to the side of a car. His friend, the driver of the car, has been charged with reckless driving, with other more serious charges pending. Skateboard skitching continues to be popular among teens and is frequently the subject of video games and films, most notably the 1985 movie Back to the Future. What appears to be a thrilling and high-energy trick in the movies is actually a very dangerous practice, both for the skateboard rider as well as the driver of the vehicle. Helmets are rarely worn and accidents are frequent. It is also illegal to attempt to hold on to a vehicle while on a skateboard, bicycle, or roller blades. As with any sporting activity, use common sense to decide whether the dangers and risks outweigh the potential thrills. Please don't "skitch".

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him "Trial Lawyer of the Year" (2011).  He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington's best--most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA.  Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2013 edition) and has been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2013)-- national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.

If you have any questions about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.

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