A Segway is a two-wheeled scooter invented by Dean Kamen. It was first introduced to the public in 2003. The scooter allows the rider to balance on two wheels regardless of whether the vehicle is in motion or at rest. It has sensors to detect the changes in both rider’s position and changes in the landscape, and operates by moving in whichever direction the rider leans the handles of the scooter.
Are There Safety Issues with the Segway?
Yes. The scooter has been recalled twice. In 2003, approximately 6,000 of the scooters were recalled because of a defect that was present in the design. The defect was that the Segway would suddenly stop when the batteries no longer had energy. In 2006, more than 23,000 Segways were recalled because of a defect that caused them to suddenly travel backwards at high speeds.
Other safety issues with the Segway include the scooter failing to respond to controls, suddenly stopping, or unexpectedly jerking while in use.
What Are Some Injuries That Can Occur While Operating a Segway?
Some Segway riders have suffered injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck injuries
- Spine injuries
- Head injuries
Can I Sue for Injuries Caused by Riding a Segway?
A plaintiff can sue if there is proof of the Segway being defective. A defective product is any product that causes injury to someone while being used properly. The defect can be in the:
- Failure to warn
What Do I Have to Prove to Receive Compensation?
A plaintiff must prove three things to win a defective Segway lawsuit:
- The Segway had an unreasonably dangerous defect
- The defect caused the plaintiff’s injury while the Segway was being used as intended by the manufacturer
- The Segway had not been altered substantially in the terms of operation from the way it was originally sold
Do I Need to Contact a Lawyer Regarding My Segway Injury?
If you have been injured while riding on a Segway, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. The lawyer will advise you of your legal rights and whether you can become part of a class action lawsuit against Segway’s manufacturer.