Probably everyone in South Florida has seen a hoverboard by now. These innovative devices seem to be everywhere in Miami and elsewhere across the state. Hoverboards are similar to a scooter or Segway, but do not use handlebars. They are turned and manipulated using the weight and balance of the rider. They run on two wheels and resemble a skateboard with a motor. Hoverboards can be purchased at several major retailers both online and in-store. They cost a couple hundred dollars depending upon the brand.
While hoverboards offer hours of fun, they come with some potential dangers. Our Miami personal injury lawyers have seen reports of numerous injuries linked to hoverboard devices. This has left some wondering whether hoverboards are safe for their intended use. The Miami personal injury lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are concerned with the reports of fires and falls from hoverboards. We address some potential safety concerns and offer some tips for safe use below.
Fires Linked to Hoverboards
Fires have become one of the major safety concerns of hoverboards. Several individuals have reported that their hoverboards caught fire while they were either charging or in use. Several house fires have erupted due to charging hoverboards, damaging homes and placing residents at risk of injury. Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the flammable nature of these devices. It reports that already 37 fires have resulted from hoverboards. Continue reading →