Perhaps the biggest craze of 2015 was the so-called hoverboard –
essentially a two-wheeled, self-balancing scooter. These boards have taken
over social media, with countless celebrities posting pictures of their
attempts to ride them. However, personal injury claims will likely be
coming soon, as many of these boards are dangerous and defective.
Injured in Michigan? Call (814) 705-4741 today to pursue fair compensation.
The most alarming threat that the hoverboards currently pose is the risk
of fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating
more than 20 reports of hoverboards which have caught fire, and major
airlines have banned the boards due to the risk of combustion. The issues
have all been linked to the lithium ion batteries used to power these
boards. While it thankfully seems as though no one has been seriously
injured, this combustion could lead to severe burns or a major house fire.
Most injuries involving hoverboards have been falls or other crashes, but
these are not indicative of a defect. If someone is seriously injured
in such a fall, however, an Altoona personal injury lawyer may be able
to prove that the hands-free design of these boards is inherently dangerous.
With electronic issues already surfacing, it is also possible that a malfunction
could prevent a rider from controlling their speed or stopping, leading
to potentially serious injury.
Pursue Fair Compensation for Your Injuries
Hoverboards are still relatively new, and their safety will likely be debated
in court in 2016. If you believe that you have been injured due to a defect
in the design of a hoverboard, contact our firm today. Our experienced
Altoona injury attorneys represent a wide range of accident victims, and
understand how to achieve the best possible results on behalf of our clients.
Hold negligent manufacturers accountable for the injuries they cause –
call (814) 705-4741 to get started.