Hoverboards were the biggest thing on the street back in 2015. Since then the craze has died down, but there are still people young and old who like to zip down the roads and sidewalks on these electronic wonders.
The free-wheeling machines, also known as self-balancing scooters, can provide a thrilling ride, but it’s another transportation option that puts people with little protection next to the rush of Los Angeles traffic. A distracted motorist can make a half-hearted glance before they take a turn, and completely miss spotting a hoverboard rider. The careless mistake can be devastating for someone just out for a ride.
Hoverboard Accident Threat Around LA
Los Angeles continues to create more bike lanes and protected intersections to keep all walkers and riders safer, and yet the hazards for anyone not inside a vehicle are ever-present. What’s more, hoverboard riders are forced out in the street more often where the danger is highest.
California law allows hoverboarders to use the sidewalk if they stay under 15mph, but many city governments are allowed to make their own rules and some have done just that. Long Beach, for instance, has banned hoverboards on sidewalks in commercial areas.
Finding Help After a Hoverboard Accident
In the simple effort to find a safe place to use a hoverboard, riders can be hit by a careless driver. They can be left with severe wounds. Hospital bills and missed time at work start to mount. Victims may become concerned about how to cover those costs without being able to earn a paycheck. Especially after an accident they weren’t to blame for.
An attorney with Los Angeles Bicycle Law can help you if you are the victim of a collision due to a negligent driver. We are a law firm advocating for all alternate forms of transportation and for the people who use these machines. If you’re left a victim, you deserve time to recover without the worry of expensive hospital bills hanging over your head. An attorney on your side can make sure you get the compensation you’ll need to return to your ride.
Common Injuries on Hoverboards
California requires you to be at least 16-years-old to ride a hoverboard and you must also wear a helmet. You can’t ride on a street with a speed limit over 35mph.
These measures provide little protection to a rider and they can’t erase the dangers from drivers who simply aren’t paying attention to others on the road. Careless drivers often say they never saw the rider they struck. Often that’s an excuse because they were too careless to look properly.
The collisions can leave a rider hurt and unable to even get up. The injuries suffered can be up and down the entire body.
Emergency room workers say these are some of the most common injuries they see:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries — Caused by blunt force trauma to the head. Riders on hoverboards often fall backward and hit the back of their skull. The impact can result in severe concussions and lifelong symptoms like memory loss.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Also a common result of falling backward. The severity can vary but the loss of use of some or all of the extremities can occur.
- Tailbone Fracture/Coccyx Fracture –Also a common outcome of falling or being launched backward. A severe bruise or a painful break can result.
- Broken Bones – Any bone is at risk, but particularly those that impact the ground first. Hands, elbows, and knees are at risk as a victim tries to break a fall.
Compensation After a Hoverboard Accident
The goal after any crash is to get the victim back on his or her feet so they can return to the activities they love. This is much easier if medical treatment is covered in full by those responsible for the accident.
The purpose of a claim for damages is to make sure victims receive enough compensation to cover every hardship they’ve experienced since the accident and every hardship they may encounter in the future due to their injuries. This civil lawsuit can be a success by earning a settlement from an insurance company or, if necessary, a court ruling.
The award earned can cover things like medical bills and the costs of future rehabilitation. Every hour of work lost and paycheck missed can be reimbursed and even include any expected missed earnings in the future. Your emotional pain can even be part of the compensation. The loss of enjoyment of life, especially the weeks or months off your hoverboard, can add to the award you may receive.
Contact a Los Angeles Hoverboard Accident Attorney
If a careless driver struck you while you were on a hoverboard, let a local attorney investigate your case and determine the best path to getting full compensation for your pain and suffering.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists, and scooter and board riders who have been injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of others. If you were injured in an accident in Los Angeles or anywhere else in Southern California, contact us right away for a confidential free consultation and case review.