The trademark ‘Segway‘ is applied to motorised, two-wheeled personal vehicles that consist of a platform, mounted above the axle, for the feet, and an upright bar or post topped with handles. A fairly recent, innovative way to travel, Segways come in a variety of styles suitable for many different purposes. There are even adaptations making these vehicles suitable for policing and off-roading purposes.
The term is often confused and misspelled as segueways, rather than the correct form ‘Segways’.
The term segueways is, as a matter of fact, itself a misspelling of the word segue, which comes from the Italian word seguire, meaning ‘to follow’. Originally used as a musical term, the word segue is apparently misspelled in this fashion due to the way it is pronounced in Italian: sɛɡweɪ
Though rapidly growing in popularity, Segways are still comparatively new. As such, the full extent of potential risks is as yet not fully known. There is, however, without doubt a risk of Segway riders being injured by:
- Accidents on the road: Although mainly used in pedestrian zones or on footpaths, Segways may have to occasionally be used on roads, which obviously exposes riders to the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident.
- Slips, trips and falls: Injuries by slipping, tripping or falling can happen anywhere, but a Segway’s raised platform does increase the risk of sustaining an injury by falling. Trips or slips while mounting or dismounting the platform are also a very real risk.
- Faulty product injuries: A defective Segway can cause all kinds of personal injuries, from cuts, bruises and broken bones to injuries be electrocution from electric motors.
Many people only ever use Segways while on holiday. To prevent accidental injuries, it is best to be extremely careful and, when hiring these vehicles, performing quick visual checks to ensure there are no obvious defects that could lead to an injury by electrocution or loss of control over the vehicle.
If you had a Segway accident at home or abroad, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim if your accident occurred no more than 36 months ago and was the result of a defective vehicle or, in cases of a slip, trip or fall or an accident on the road, for instance, was caused by another person.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our team of in-house injury solicitors have the necessary experience and skills to ensure you get the justice and compensation owed to you. Call 0800 689 0500, or 0333 from your mobile now to get started.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice