Segways may still be one of the most futuristic ways to get around Los Angeles. It may surprise you to know that they’ve actually been around for over two decades now. The electric-powered, two-wheeled transportation wonders are used by some for commuting and general travel, but more often they roll out with tour groups around Hollywood and Beverly Hills.
The unique way to get across the city and along the beaches is the big draw. Of course, travel around Los Angeles will always come with a warning label. Any time you might have to come in contact with street traffic in L.A. there’s the potential for accident and injury.
Segway Accident Dangers In Los Angeles
To see the sights while standing, perfectly balanced on your smooth, zero-emission ride can make for a memorable experience. The problems arise in getting to where you’re going and sharing the streets with some crazy and careless L.A. drivers.
A serious threat to any Segway rider in Los Angeles is driver neglect. A distracted driver can fail to check mirrors and blind spots for a Segway rider and cause a frightening collision. The rider may wind up with injuries that require longterm, expensive care to correct.
The attorneys with Los Angeles Bicycle Law advocate for safer rides for anyone who uses micromobility to get around Southern California. In the event of an accident, we also offer complete support to the victim. You did not cause your accident and you should not have to face the consequences alone. Allow a local attorney who only focuses on accidents involving alternative transportation to handle your case. Our attorneys can determine the best path to earning compensation for your injuries and getting you back to a normal life.
Segway Injuries in Accidents
Segways were the forerunner of the e-scooter, e-bike, and hoverboard craze. They are bigger, sturdier options than scooters, weighing on average of 100lbs. They normally travel under 15mph.
The devices have had their safety issues. Segways have been through a few recalls and safety scares. A fall from a Segway can be a bit more dangerous than you’d think. You start off higher than normal so the impact force when you hit the ground can be that much greater.
The injuries associated with a fall or even being thrown from a Segway in a collision can be severe. A five-year study published in the WestJem Medical Journal looked at the numerous injuries reported after Segway accidents.
- Facial Injuries: Many people make painful landings on their faces. The number one reported injuries were nasal fractures and facial lacerations.
- Head and Brain Injuries: Concussions were the second most reported outcome in an accident. You are standing higher than normal and falls can be more intense. Radial Head Fractures ranked high for victims.
- Sprained Knee and Ankle: In the top three of reported injuries.
- Broken Bones: 81% of serious injuries on Segways involved broken bones and a big number of them were lower body breaks. This varies from skateboards and mopeds where injuries are more frequently seen in the upper body. Tibia and Fibula (lower leg bones) fractures lead the way.
- Wrist and Shoulder Fractures: Also very high incident rate as people reached out in an attempt to break their fall.
Compensation in a Segway Accident
An important start to building a case for a civil lawsuit will be to determine who can be held responsible for your accident. The driver who struck you will be targeted in a claim for damages. If you’re part of a guided tour group the company may be liable if they guided you into an unsafe area that got you hit by a car. It’s also possible the city of Los Angeles may share some blame if they blocked sidewalks or rerouted your Segway trip into the street due to construction.
If your case wins a settlement or a positive verdict in court you will be compensated for many of your hardships suffered in the accident, in the aftermath, and expected hardships in the future.
Some of your losses that can earn compensation include:
- Current and Future Medical Bills
- Rehab treatment/equipment
- Current and Future Lost Time from Work
- Permanent Disability/Disfigurement
- Emotional and Physical Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Contact a Los Angeles Segway Accident Attorney
If a careless driver hit and injured you while you were on a Segway, don’t leave your recovery to chance. A local micromobility attorney can make sure the emotional and financial costs of your accident don’t end up as your responsibility. The at-fault driver and his or her insurance company will face the consequences of the mistake that lead to your injury. We will fight to get the compensation you’ll need to heal completely and get back on your feet again.
At Los Angeles Bicycle Law, we concentrate our practice solely on bicyclists and other 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.