Segways can often be seen in malls, beaches, and other outdoor spaces. While these transportation devices can be fun, they can also be dangerous. If you or your loved one has been injured on a Segway, you should reach out to a skilled Miami personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand the nuances of personal injury law and can apply our understanding to your case.
A Segway is a two-wheeled personal transport system that uses the weight of the rider to determine speed and direction. Segway riders lean forward to increase the speed and stand upright to slow down. A Segway’s top speed typically caps at 12.5 miles per hour, which may not seem very fast, but to put it into perspective, the average bicycle speed is around 9.6 miles per hour. As a result, Segway accidents can result in serious harm to a victim, including spinal cord injuries, broken bones, head injuries, facial injuries, and more.
According to a George Washington University study, Segways are extremely dangerous. The study examined the medical records of 41 people in Washington, D.C. who were admitted to emergency rooms at the university hospital from 2006 to 2008. The survey found that there was a steady increase in Segway injuries each year, and the overall percentage of serious injuries was even higher than for pedestrian accident injuries. Of the 41 documented injuries, 24 percent were for serious injuries that involved admission to the hospital.
If you were injured because of another rider or a driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. Negligence occurs when a person fails to use reasonable care in their actions, causing injuries to another person. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. It is important to note that negligence can also occur when a person fails to act when there is a duty to do so. In order to establish negligence, the person filing the lawsuit must prove the following elements: i) the defendant owed them a duty of care; ii) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to them; iii) the defendant’s breach was a direct cause of their harm; and iv) quantifiable costs or losses resulted.
If you were injured on a Segway because the transportation device broke down or had some type of mechanical error, you may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Once you share the details of your injury with us, we will be able to determine the most appropriate legal course of action for you.
If you or someone close to you was injured on a Segway, the experienced Miami product liability lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help. We can analyze the facts of your case to determine whether you may be able to recover compensation. We proudly represent clients from across South Florida. To learn more about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us through our website.
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