Defective SegwayMany times the cause of the accident can be due to human error, however other times injuries can result because of a defective Segway. A product can be considered defective if it satisfies certain requirements. In California any commercial supplier of a product can be held liable for injuries resulting from the sale of a defective product. Who is a Commercial Supplier: Commercial suppliers are considered any retailer, wholesaler or dealer involved in the commercial transaction and is generally engaged in such businesses. Thus, if you purchased the Segway from a business then all commercial suppliers are liable. However, if you purchased the Segway from a private 3rd party liability cannot be imposed upon them, however certain exceptions can apply. Defective Segway Claims: A defective Segway can be a dangerous vehicle, which can cause serious injuries. When the Segway fails to respond to the operator’s commands, it can collide with other objects or persons. If the operator is in a crowded area or street then an accident can occur. Since Segway’s do not have outside protection such as vehicles, the operator can suffer serious injuries.
Types of Segway Injuries: Segway injuries depend on a number of different factors, which include where the incident occurred, time of day and other road conditions. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries causing serious to long term health complications;
- Broken ribs resulting from a fall or collision;
- Broken nose, resulting from an accident caused by a defective Segway;
- Broken neck or back caused by the defective Segway; or
- Facial lacerations resulting from a fall or caused by skidding.