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.
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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.
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.
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