We have all seen them. Segways are ridden by mall cops, inexperienced tourists and kids all over the world, especially while visiting the beach. But personal injury attorneys will be the first to tell you that California Segway accidents can easily result in serious injuries. First off, what is a Segway? A Segway is a machine designed to propel a human being forward, or in the direction the rider wishes to go, when he or she leans in that particular direction.
The innermost apparatus that controls the velocity, balance and automation, relies upon sensors that detect fluctuations in a rider’s position on the vehicle, which will then determine its direction, acceleration or deceleration. The machine itself is based upon balance. If the machine halts, and you are already leaning forward, you can easily get thrown off and could end up doing a face-plant. This technology, that amazed many people, was considered a breakthrough in personal transporters in its infancy.
Yet now, many law firms like Ehline Law Firm PC are getting personal injury cases involving allegations of defects, and other malfunctions, that can cause serious injuries for riders and bystanders. Throughout the United States, product liability attorneys are evaluating the potential cases of Segway accidents that have resulted in severe or permanent injuries.
Our law firm has already settled several of these cases and are ready to assist anyone else who was injured, in particular those hurt while riding on beach boardwalks in the Santa Monica, San Francisco, and Southern California beach communities. With millions of dollars recovered for victims of bad personal injuries, we are eagerly awaiting your call and want to help. Call us at 888.400.9721 now.
To date, there are approximately 13 people who have filed Segway lawsuits claiming there have been malfunctions. Some complaints have been that sensors would, without warning stop the vehicle quickly, tossing the rider, or would out of the blue, go into reverse, achieving the same thing. Other complaints arise from dead batteries instantly stopping the vehicle, slamming the rider to the ground with zero chance of avoiding the wreck. The company itself does not seem to be too interested in issuing recalls, so it is more or less up to us lawyers to hold them accountable for these known defects.
Segway Inc., is the company that sells the two-wheeled personal transporter, which was invented by Dean Kamen, and was introduced to the public in 2003. As discussed, the personal transporter is built to balance a single rider on two wheels, whether it is moving or standing still, through a control system, sensors and propulsion mechanisms.
The system and stabilization technology enables the Segway to balance a human and control the movement with shifting weight. The accelerometers are designed to distinguish changes in the terrain and the position of the body. But it en mess, it was rapidly discovered it was released to market much too early for many in the consuming public.
There were approximately 6,000 Segways recalled soon after their release to the public in 2003 (View Source.) That particular recall was due to a defect that caused the sudden stopping of the transporter when the batteries were discharged. There was a second recall in 2006 of approximately 23,500 transporters for a defect that caused them to run in reverse at high speeds suddenly (View Source.)
Based upon the calls we get, and cases we take involving Segways, these machines have other safety issues that have not resulted in recalls, like software glitches that have been reported, manufacturing defects and other product failures have also been reported. For example, there have been reports of Segway calamities by users when the transporter did not act in response to controls.
As discussed at the introduction, they have also been reported to cause users to be thrown from the unit when it stopped suddenly or jerked unexpectedly. Injuries can be severe due to the high speeds the transporter can travel at.
The injuries riders face from Segway Injuries Include:
- TBI and MTBI
- Bad Cuts and Bruises
- Whiplash and Soft Tissue
- Back injuries, Cervical Lordosis
- Slipped or Fractured Discs and Bones
- Badly Broken Legs, Knees and Arms from Bracing Falls
Going after a product manufacturer for manufacturing and design defect is no walk in the park. Manufacturers attempt to escape legal responsibility for badly designed or hazardous products by using various red herring arguments. For example, they will often exclaim that the Segway was used improperly, or that the product itself is in compliance with various governmental standards. But safety regulations are a mere floor and not a ceiling. The duty to make products for the consuming public does not stop with approval by Uncle Sam. These are merely the bare minimum standards. If Your Injury Was Foreseeable By Segway, Liability Applies
Negligence law says if the personal injury is foreseeable, in other words, that someone can be easily injured, and the manufacturer knew or should have known of these risks to life and health, but failed to act at all to prevent it, the defendant, is liable in tort. Every person has a duty to avoid desecrating their duty of reasonable care to their fellow citizens.
First, would reasonable, trained inventor, engineer, or technician at Segway have foreseen the various troublesome situations we just discussed above, with respect to how the gyroscope automation operates in the many various riding conditions that could be faced by a relatively untrained rider, as well as the lack of redundant and preventative counter-measures and fail-safe devices, or even the viability of roll cages or other methods of protecting riders from bad falls, such as restraining devices, etc.
What makes us so great? Well for one thing, we take the “foreseeability test” very seriously. To determine foreseeability, in addition to inspecting the incident scene ourselves, our legal advocates employ expensive and highly educated safety engineers, design experts, bio-mechanical specialists and even accident re-constructionists, in order to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, it was not your fault!
You see, we want to prove your case beyond a shadow of a doubt to a jury. Our goal is to make sure the insurance adjustor, in house carrier, umbrella and excess carriers know that they have great exposure to a potential runaway verdict, before we even dare step one foot into the courthouse. This is because our firm is in it to win it. We front load our cases, rather than wait till the last minute after doing little to build the value of your case.
The Ehline difference is clear. We are steeped in advanced technical and scientific knowledge, due to our specific background in these types of injury claims. We are run by a highly motivated inactive Marine, and we are primed, locked, loaded and ready right now to take on your serious and important case.
We are willing to travel to your home, office or hospital bed. No ego problem here. We are servants to the consuming public. We are charged with the honorable duty to defend your rights to justice. To learn more, give us a call. If you were injured on a Segway, contact an experienced California Segway accident lawyer now at: 213-596-9642.
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