Indiana Teen Seriously Injured in Skateboarding Accident
About the Skateboarding Accident
The teen, whose identity has not been released, had to be airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. with what appeared to be a traumatic brain injury. The accident happened at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday near the intersection of Plum Street and Second Street in Van Buren, Ind.
Reports say the teen was on a skateboard being towed by a car driven by two of his friends. The car was traveling near 30 mph when it stopped abruptly. The sudden stop caused the boy to hit his head. The teen suffered convulsions and began bleeding out of his ears.
Skateboarding Accident Facts
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) notes that while skateboarding is a popular activity amongst children and teens, it does come with a serious risk of injury. In 2011, more than 78,000 children under the age of 19 were treated in emergency rooms for skateboard-related injuries. Common skateboarding injuries include cuts, bruises, broken bones, and concussions.
The AAOS advises children under the age of five years should not use skateboards. Furthermore, children between the ages of six and 10 should be closely supervised by adults.
It’s important that riders always wear proper protective gear including a well-fitted helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads, and closed-toe shoes. Always ride in a safe environment. Never hold onto a moving vehicle (known as “skitching”) as sudden slows, stops, or turns can result in serious injury or even death.