Why Are Unsecured Soccer Goal Posts Dangerous?

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Sep-2017

Millions of children and teenagers in the U.S. participate organized soccer leagues. These may be operated by independent organizations or afterschool athletic programs. However, there is a commonly overlooked safety hazard associated with playing soccer that could put your child at risk of being injured or killed.

A portable soccer goal may cause a catastrophic injury or death if it is not firmly anchored to the ground. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that 200 children per year are injured during tip-over accidents involving these heavy objects. Soccer goals can easily tip over because they are top-heavy and can weigh up to 400 pounds.

Anchored for Safety, an organization started by the parents of a child who died from a soccer goal tip-over accident, have published CPSC records on why these tragedies can occur. In some cases, strong gusts of wind can topple soccer goals. Other accidents occurred when these objects were being moved. Children have also suffered catastrophic injuries or death after climbing on soccer goals.

The CPSC records also show what types of injuries are caused by these accidents. There are several instances where victims suffered brain injuries and permanent mental impairment. In addition, the records also show instances of spinal cord injuries and damage to internal organs.

Who Could be Liable for Soccer Goal Post Accidents?

There are multiple guidelines released by the CPSC and soccer league organizations that can help prevent tip-over accidents. Portable soccer goals should always be anchored with sandbags, metal stakes or other effective counterweights. Children should always be supervised around these objects.

Athletic departments and soccer leagues should know that soccer goals can pose an imminent safety hazard to children and adolescents. There are published records of accidents involving soccer goals that span several decades. In cases where children are not supervised or goals are not anchored, these parties may be held liable for injuries or deaths.

The Washington DC personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have decades of combined experience helping victims of negligence.
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