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Hoverboards Are the Latest Fad, But Are They Safe?

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. 

You can reduce your risk of a hoverboard fire by following the steps below:

  • Unplug the device when you are not home and do not leave it charging overnight
  • Wait several hours after riding your hoverboard before you charge it
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions regarding safe charging

Falls From Hoverboards

Falls are another common injury stemming from hoverboards.  The CPSC has received reports of at least 70 serious injuries caused by hoverboards.  These injuries were serious enough to require treatment in an emergency room.  Hoverboard related injuries include broken bones, concussions, lacerations and bruising, and internal injuries.

To prevent fall injuries while riding on a hoverboard, it is important that you wear appropriate protective gear.  Put on a helmet, wrist, kneepads, and elbow pads while using your hoverboard.  You should wear the same protective gear that you would while riding a skateboard since the risk of a fall is similar.  You should also be aware of your surroundings, watching closely for pedestrians, vehicles, and other obstacles.

If you follow appropriate safety precautions, you should be able to enjoy your hoverboard in a safe manner.  If you are injured while riding a hoverboard or if your hoverboard catches fire, contact a personal injury attorney right away.  Your attorney will investigate the accident and inform you of your legal rights.

Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today For Your Free Consultation!

Hoverboards are fun and innovative, but they have caused a number of accidents.  If you or a loved has been injured in an accident, contact the Miami Personal Injury Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  Our outstanding car, truck, and slip and fall accident attorneys will diligently fight for your full recovery.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing accident victims across South Florida and will put our considerable experience to work for you.  Contact our firm as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.  Our firm is proud to have received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and is ranked as a top firm in South Florida by the Miami Herald.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.

Source:

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

 

 

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