Hoverboards Are All the Rage, But Are They Safe?


February 26, 2016

By now, we have all heard of or seen a hoverboard. These futuristic looking devices operate similar to a scooter or segway, but do not have handles. They are navigated using the rider's body weight and balance. Most hoverboards come with two wheels and a motor. They can be purchased at several major retailers and sell for a few hundred dollars, depending upon the brand.

While hoverboards are fun for many, there have been numerous reported injuries linked to these devices. This has left many wondering whether hoverboards are safe. The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are alarmed by reports of fires and other accidents from hoverboard devices. We discuss here some possible safety concerns and tips to keep you or a loved one safe while using a hoverboard.

Hoverboards Have Caused Several Fires

One major safety concern with hoverboards is the potential for fires. Several users have reported that their boards, powered by lithium-ion batteries, caught fire while they were riding or charging them. A family in Chicago reported a fire shortly after Christmas when their hoverboard went up in flames while charging in the family room. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is currently investigating the flammability of hoverboards. It is looking into 37 hoverboard related fires that took place in 19 different states.

To reduce your risk of a fire if you own a hoverboard, never charge the device when you are not home. Further, riders are encouraged to wait at least an hour after riding the device before charging it, in order to allow it time to cool.

Hoverboard Falls Have Resulted in an Array of Injuries

The second major area of concern is falls linked to hoverboards. The CPSC has received reports of more than 70 serious injuries linked to hover boards, according to the Chicago Tribune. These injuries required emergency room treatment. Hoverboard injuries to date include fractures, concussions, bruises, and internal injuries.

To prevent injuries while operating a hoverboard, it is important for users to wear a helmet, along with kneepads, wrist guards, and elbow pads. Injuries from a hoverboard are similar to those from a skateboard because the rider is in a standing position. As such, wear the appropriate gear to protect your body in the event of a fall. Be aware of your surroundings and only use your hoverboard on smooth, safe surfaces.

By following some safety precautions, you and your family can enjoy the fun and innovative hoverboard. If your product does cause injury or is defective in some manner, contact an attorney to discuss your legal rights.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For You! 

If you or a loved one has been injured while using a product, you could be entitled to compensation. The Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and is committed to providing zealous representation to each injured client. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.

Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-hoverboards-met-20160119-story.html

Category: Personal Injury

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