Segways are a fairly recent phenomenon and a novel, innovative way to explore and travel. Segways have a number of variants that are used for a multitude of purposes, including adaptations for off-roading and use in policing. Although Segways are continuously increasing in popularity, they are still a nascent invention and method of transport. As such, the potential dangers involving Segways are not yet fully known. Here are some potential accidents that could occur whilst using a Segway.
Potential accidents involving Segways
- Road traffic accidents
By far the biggest danger when it comes to accidents involving Segways, is the danger of being involved in a road traffic accident. Although Segways are used mainly on footpaths and in pedestrian zones, they will occasionally have to travel on the road, increasing the chances of being involved in an accident.
- Slips, trips and falls
A slip trip or fall can occur at any time in any place. This is made even more dangerous on a Segway by the fact that a Segway is ridden on a raised platform. Falling from a Segway could result in a serious head, neck or shoulder injury.
- Defective product injury
It’s almost impossible to exhaustively list the potential injuries that could occur as the result of a defective product. As Segways are a vehicle powered by an electrical motor, then there is the risk of suffering an electric shock. If you are hiring a Segway whilst on holiday, perform a quick visual inspection to ensure that there are no visible defects which could cause you to suddenly lose control of the vehicle.
Safety tips for Segway riding
One of the most important pieces of safety information when riding a Segway is to wear a helmet. A helmet will help protect your head from serious injury in the event of an accident. Take a quick test run of the Segway in order to get a feel for it before venturing into an open public space. Do not ride on terrain which may not be suitable for Segway use.
Accident Advice Helpline
Have you been involved in an accident involving a Segway and it wasn’t your fault? You could be entitled to compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation. Alternatively, you can find out online, just how much of compensation award you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second-test online.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown