A Segway is designed to speed up as you lean forward or slow down as you lean backward. The internal mechanism that regulates the speed and balance of the machine depends on sensing shifts in a rider’s position to increase or decrease its speed. In this sense, a Segway works a bit like someone trying to balance the tip of a broom handle on their palm: As the broom begins to fall forward, you have to run faster to keep it balanced.

Unfortunately for some riders, this resulted in the machine suddenly turning off if it sensed its speed limit was about to be exceeded. In other cases, a Segway would suddenly turn off if its battery ran out; in other cases, the Segway would suddenly go in reverse at high speeds. In each case, riders were thrown from the machine or fell to the ground with their Segway, suffering serious injuries and head contusions.

If you’ve been injured while riding a Segway, contact California Segway accidents attorneys at the Dolan Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case.

Injuries Caused by Segways

Our California Segway accident attorneys recover financial damages for people suffering from the following kinds of injuries due to a malfunctioning or defective Segway:

  • Broken bones
  • Broken wrists
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Disfiguring injuries
  • Severe lacerations

Product Liability and Foreseeability

Manufacturers often try and avoid liability for dangerous or poorly designed products by claiming either they were used incorrectly or they can’t be held liable because the product complies with all applicable safety regulations. However, if a manufacturer was aware of certain dangers, but did little or nothing to minimize their risk to consumers, it can be held liable for violating a duty of care. In the case of the Segway, a reasonable person should have foreseen certain dangers associated with how the gyroscope technology works in certain situations combined with the lack of fail-safe devices or protective structures built into the machine.

Our California Segway accident attorneys work with design engineers and safety experts in exposing foreseeable dangers and design issues involved in accidents that injure our clients. We understand the scientific and technical issues involved and hold Segway accountable.

Injured on a Segway? Contact California Segway Accidents Attorneys

You may have tried contacting Segway only to receive a perfunctory letter claiming Segway is concerned about safety and the well-being of its customers. Don’t let corporate attorney-speak prevent you from recovering compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at 888-452-4752.