Injuries Increasing with Popularity of Hoverboards
Although there are many modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, hoverboards were simply the product of science fiction when depicted in the 1989 movie "Back to the Future 2." Though these devices were fairly expensive when they were initially marketed, the price for hoverboards has declined to levels that allowed these tech toys to be one of the top selling Christmas presents during the recent holiday season. Although these new tech toys do not actually hover like the one ridden by Marty McFly, they still can pose a significant risk of injury.
A hoverboard is similar, in many respects, to a segway which riders steer by using their balance and shifting their body weight. The primary difference between a hoverboard and a segway is that the hoverboard only makes contact with the rider's feet. By contrast, segways offer riders a place to hold with their hands while also standing on the two-wheeled vehicle. Because a hoverboard is not equipped with handles, riders can find it difficult to maintain their balance while traveling on these scooter-like devices.
Injury claims involving hoverboards have fallen into three significant categories. The first one involves users losing their balance and falling to the ground. The second category of injuries has been linked to fires and explosions caused by faulty batteries used to power the devices. The risk of fire and explosion generally has been associated with less expensive devices. The third category of involves motorists in passenger cars colliding with hoverboard riders.
As a general principle, liability for injury caused by consumer products can be imposed on any company that fails to uphold its legal duty to design, manufacture, distribute, and/or retail a reasonably safe product. When a distributor markets an inherently dangerous product to consumers, the company has an obligation to adequately warn purchasers of the danger and to furnish adequate instructions so consumers can use the product safely. When companies sell or resell hoverboards that are unsafe, any business involved in the design, inspection, and testing should be liable for resulting injuries.
Product liability claims are complex because they often require presentation of highly technical industry specific information, and they frequently must be pursued against large corporations with enormous litigation resources. Our Atlanta personal injury law firm is currently investigating injury claims related to collisions involving hoverboards and product defects involving the batteries and other components incorporated into the manufacturing of these leisure devices.
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