Crashing into Court: Liability Facing the In-Line Skating Industry

    Published: Jan 2000

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    During the 1990's, in-line skating has become the fastest growing participation sport in the United States. Participation in the sport has grown more than 640% during that time. Along with the tremendous increase in participation, there has also been an increase in the number of injuries associated with the sport. With this increase in injuries comes a greater likelihood that injured participants will bring suit against the manufacturers, or the owner of the property on which they were skating. Many of the suits brought against in-line skate manufacturers will likely be based on an alleged lack of warning about the dangers associated with in-line skating and the need to wear protective gear. To avoid exposure to liability, manufacturers should provide warnings that apprise skaters of the dangers associated with in-line skating, and the measures they should take to avoid or minimize those dangers.


    in-line skating, injuries, premises liability, breach of warranty, products liability, negligence, failure to warn

    Author Information:

    Sawin, RA
    Attorney, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., Boston, Massachusetts

    Gross, BD
    Law Student Intern, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C., Boston, Massachusetts

    Paper ID: STP15247S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F08.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15247S

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