Michigan Roller Skating Rink Liability
Happy New Year! With 2014 underway, we thought it would be fun to start the year by addressing a very unusual statute: M.C.L.A. 445.1723 Roller skating center operators; duties.
This statute governs roller skating rinks and the duty they owe to the public:
Sec. 3. Each roller skating center operator shall do the following:
(a) Post the duties of roller skaters and spectators as prescribed in this act and the duties, obligations, and liabilities of operators as prescribed in this act in conspicuous places.
(b) Comply with the safety standards specified in the roller skating rink safety standards published by the roller skating rink operators association, (1980).
(c) Maintain roller skating equipment and roller skating surfaces according to the safety standards cited in subdivision (b).
(d) Maintain the stability and legibility of all required signs, symbols, and posted notices.
Basically, a roller rink owner has the duty to protect any and all participants/spectators, comply with the safety standards laid out in the statute (i.e. rink and equipment maintenance), and post signage for patrons to observe.
This is not the entire statute. There is also a liability reducing section that warns skaters about the inherent dangers roller rinks present.
Sec. 5. Each person who participates in roller skating accepts the danger that inheres in that activity insofar as the dangers are obvious and necessary. Those dangers include, but are not limited to, injuries that result from collisions with other roller skaters or other spectators, injuries that result from falls, and injuries which involve objects or artificial structures properly within the intended travel of the roller skater which are not otherwise attributable to the operator’s breach of his or her common law duties.
What does all that mean?
Roller skating is a dangerous activity. Collisions can happen. Artificial structures might be encountered. You’re on notice because of the statute.
Skaters owe other skaters a duty to travel at a reasonable speed, refrain from scaring or intimidating other skaters, and act reasonably in any and all circumstances. It’s simple: avoid a roller skating accident at any and all costs.
If you’ve been injured as a result of another skater’s negligence, Goodwin & Scieszka is here for you. Our Southfield-based law firm has been fighting negligence claims for over 30 years. We specialize in the following areas, plus many more:
If you’ve been injured, we’re here for you. Call today and let us fight for the recovery you deserve.