Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Joe Long
On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 01:08:06 EDT, FASTGraphic@xxxxxx wrote:
> This is true and works this way - if AERC sets NO age limits, they are not
>responsible. As soon as they do - say setting the age at 8, they are
>implying that it is safe for a person of that age to ride the ride. When the
>8 year old is injured, the AERC bears some responsibility because, by setting
>that age limit, they implied that it was safe for the 8 year old to ride.
>Rules can be tricky things. Let's leave well enough alone and leave it up to
>parents to decide if their children are ready or not.
Sorry, you are mistaken. Every organization involved in a ride where
a child is injured, including AERC, has liability exposure. Having no
minimum age increases that exposure, having a minimum age would reduce
it. Both by assuring that no accident will occur in children younger
than the minimum, and by showing a jury that we took reasonable steps
(along with requiring helmets, for example) to protect juvenile
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- Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, FASTGraphic