The Dangers of Skitching in NYC
What is Skitching?
Skitching is the dangerous practice of hitching a ride by holding onto a bus, car, truck or taxicab while rollerblading, bicycling or skateboarding. Skitching is also sometimes referred to as bumper jumping, bumper hitching or jogging. Regardless of what you call it, the practice can lead to taxi accidents, bicycle accidents and car accidents on Manhattan’s busy streets.
Why do People Engage in Skitching in Manhattan?
The most likely reason for skitching is simply the excitement and adrenaline rush. But it is very hard for other motorists to see you and if the car you are skitching off of changes lanes abruptly, especially if the motor vehicle being held onto is not aware of the skitcher – you can lose control and wind up in a fatal accident. Bicycle messengers also sometimes engage in skitching to get to their intended delivery destination faster as they are under an immense amount of pressure to reach their intended destination as quickly as possible. Additionally, the vehicle being held onto sometimes referred to as the “host vehicle,” may become startled if they observe the skitcher in their mirror and get into a car accident. Individuals engaging in skitching tend to predominantly be teenage males as they are most prone to engage in a risk-taking activity.
Fatality as the Result of Skitching
In early 2016, a Brooklyn man who was skateboarding on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Delancey Street was killed in a skateboarding accident which authorities believe involved skitching. According to reports, the Brooklyn man was holding onto the side of a Mack truck as the truck driver was proceeding west on Delancey, and when the man fell off his skateboard, he was run over by the trucker’s passenger-side rear wheels.
If you or your loved one has been hurt in a car accident, it is important to speak with an experienced Manhattan car accident attorney as soon as possible. Call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. at 212-240-9465 to schedule a consultation. You can have confidence that we will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve as evidenced by our firm’s case results.
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In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in auto accident and premises liability matters.