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Sledding Accident Kills California Teen

December 31, 1969

A recent California sledding accident killed a football star. According to Yahoo! Sports, the 15-year-old was sledding down an icy hill when he lost control of his inner tube.
"It was very, very icy," said the young sledder's father. "He had gone up a hill. He had not gone more than 20 or 30 feet. He just picked up a head of steam and veered off the main area into a tree."

Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand that the teen's father and a number of onlookers administered CPR until emergency response crews showed up. Unfortunately, he died shortly after the accident. The young man played offensive line for a team in El Dorado Hills.

As we recently reported on our California Injury Lawyer Blog, a bill is in the works that would require ski resorts to report these kinds of accidents to state officials. Currently, no one is California is required to do so. As a matter of fact, California is the only major ski state that has no current ski safety law. We believe that this kind of information should be made public. Knowing about these kinds of incidents would help to raise awareness of the problem and would help to get resorts to straighten up their act and make their grounds safer for visitors.

According to WebMD, there are about 20,000 children who wind up in the emergency room each and every year because of sledding accidents.

Recently, researchers looked at close to 300,000 injuries reported from 1997 to 2007 to see how big this problem really is. According to the study:

-More than a quarter of the injuries were fractures.

-Another quarter of these injuries were bruises and cuts.

-More than half of the injuries happened during a collision.

-It's collision injuries that are more likely to cause some serious brain injuries.

-More than a third of the injuries were to the head.

-More than half of these injuries happened at a sports place or at a recreation area.

-Close to a third of these injuries happened on private property.

-More than 40 percent of the injuries involved sledders between the ages of 10 and 14.

-Close to 60 percent of the injuries happened to males.

-Roughly 5 percent of emergency room visits required further hospitalization.

"Two of the main factors that contribute to sledding-related injuries are the environment and the locale," study co-author Lara McKenzie, PhD, with Ohio State University College.

To help to keep everyone safe during your next sledding trip, make sure you wear a helmet. Sleds can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour. Since so many injuries occur to the head while sledding, strap on a helmet for protection. You should also make sure that all children are properly supervised by an adult during all sledding activities. Lastly, make sure your children sit face-forward. It's easier to steer the sled.

If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today for a schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.

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