Segway Accident Injury Lawsuits
Seaway Injuries | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Accidents: Spinal Cord Injuries, Broken Bones, Dis-Figuration, Broken Wrists, Head Injuries
Have you been injured on a Segway? Since their introduction in 2001, Segways have become increasingly popular. But as use of the Segway has increased, so have Segway injuries. Our Segway injury lawyers are investigating such accidents, and are offering free lawsuit consultations to the victims of Segway accidents.
Segway injuries can be very serious. The most common injuries linked to Segways include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken wrists
- Head injuries
If you or a loved one were hurt in a Segway accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We urge you to contact one of our Segway injury lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
Segway Injury Studies
The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle driven by electric motors that can reach up to 12.5 miles per hour. Computers and motors in the base of the device keep the Segway upright when powered on with balancing enabled. Users lean forward to go forward, lean back to go backward, and turn by using a "Lean Steer" handlebar, leaning it left or right. Gyroscopic sensors are used to detect tilting of the device which indicates a departure from perfect balance. Motors driving the wheels are commanded as needed to bring the Segway back into balance.
Most Segway injuries are often the result of rider inexperience, inadequate supervision or instruction, Segway malfunction, or a road defect. The Segway can be a very sensitive piece of equipment. It reacts to the rate in which a rider moves the device and will actually shut off automatically, without warning, if it interprets those movements to be erratic.
Since their introduction in 2001, Segways have been used as transportation for police departments, military bases, warehouses, corporate campuses or industrial sites. They have also become a popular mode of transportation for tourist wishing to sightsee, and Segway tour companies have popped up in numerous locations throughout the US. In most cases, such tours mark the first time a person has used a Segway. Often, the instruction provided by the tour company is inadequate, and often leads to Segway injuries.
In September 2010, a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine reported that Segway injuries are significant and on the rise. According to the report, a quarter of the patients who came to a Washington D.C. emergency room with Segway injuries were admitted to the hospital. Forty percent of the admitted patients were admitted to the ICU because they had traumatic brain injuries.
The researchers examined the records for 44 patients who came to the emergency department with injuries sustained while riding the Segway. Only seven percent of the patients had worn helmets, which are not required by law for Segway riders in Washington. The number of cases increased significantly over time, with three cases appearing in 2006, eight cases appearing in 2007 and 25 cases appearing in the first 11 months of 2008. All of the injuries were the result of people falling off the Segway, and usually hitting an inanimate object.
The Annals of Emergency Medicine study was not the first time Segways were tied to serious injuries. In 2006, 23,500 Segways were recalled because of a software glitch that could make its wheels unexpectedly reverse direction, throwing off the rider. At the time, there had been six reports of Segway accidents resulting in head and wrist injuries. These injuries included broken teeth, a broken wrist and facial injuries including one that needed surgical repair.
In 2003, the first 6,000 Segway scooters sold were recalled because of a problem that could cause riders to fall off the device when the battery was depleted. The problem could occur if the rider speeds up abruptly, encounters an obstacle, or continues to ride after receiving a low-battery alert. At the time of this recall, there had been three reports of falls possibly related to this condition, including one report of a consumer who sustained a head injury requiring stitches.
Legal Help for Victims of Segway Injuries
If you or a loved one were injured in a Segway accident, you may have valuable legal rights. To discuss your case with one of our experienced Segway injury lawyers, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.