We know how fast our technology is improving. What we do with the click of buttons and tap screens used to require days, weeks and months to complete.
We often look at technology as something that makes our life easier. And it looks quite awesome. But that’s not always true.
Michael P. Ehline from Ehline Law Firm handles personal injury cases in the Los Angeles area. In this piece, he talks about new technology. Ehline deals with Segway cases too. And this related topic is these new Vesper Boards. Here, we will delve into the potential personal injury dangers associated with them.
Michael talks about the new electronic boards with wheels that are out in the market with different names.
This particular board is a small platform resting on two wheels. Controlling the device is done with buttons. Also, installed is a chip that causes it balance itself.
Companies claim that learning to master such devices is quite easy. So they say within minutes a person can start riding them. You just get on the board and go wherever you want. And on this battery powered vehicle, you can do it all while standing on it.
But as seen in the above video, even a talented and athletic person cannot master the device easily. So you could have a claim for false advertising, in addition to a case for your broken bones.
Everything in this world has a price. By price, it does not mean that you will have to pay concerning money. But there are other ways you pay the price.
For new technology, you may pay regarding safety.
Most devices like this will provide a written warning. It will state the very things that can go wrong and the ease of use in mastering.
When you ride an electronic board, you have to remember that its tires are pretty small.
That means you will experience:
Even if you choose to travel on the sidewalks, you are not entirely safe. If pedestrians have accidents, you can be a part of similar accidents too.
The first thing about your first ride on an electronic board is its inherent lack of balance. Of course, you can learn to ride it quickly if the company says so.
But you won’t be adept at it right away. It is just like learning to drive a car. When you have just learned to drive, you are not as confident on the roads. But after a few months, you will get better.
Therefore, when you start to ride this electronic board, there will be higher chances of accidents. And this is because of lack of control on the board.
You can easily get on someone’s toe with the tires of this device as well. Some of these devices have their tires a little pushed in. But some designs can easily pulverize people’s feet.
These may be innocent people on foot who get sideswiped or run over. When these boards just came out, they were pretty basic just like any other electronic device.
Things improve and advance pretty fast in our modern world. So, while some other types of boards were offering top speeds of only 8mph, some of these boards can take you up to 15mph.
This brings in the danger of hitting someone while going at great speeds. When you hit someone at a rate of 10mph or more, you have to take into account your momentum. Also, the angle of impact is another important factor. So all in all, this can be a greatly dangerous situation.
When you hit someone at great speeds, you can cause many injuries.
That means they can get hurt badly.
You can get in a car accident on the road with your new, fun, electronic board. As mentioned earlier, these types of boards can go at high speeds. At high speeds, vehicles can hit you from various directions.
Keep in mind the example of bicyclists hit by cars at signals. This is why autos are to keep a safe distance from bicycles according to law. Also, it is advised that vehicles keep a safe distance from board riders. And this is true no matter how fast they are going.
If you have the right of way and get hit by a bicyclist, compensation for your injuries is often necessary. There is a chance we might see many of these electronic boards in the streets soon.
After all, online bloggers and Youtube celebrities are endorsing them. So this is making them quite famous. What this means is board riders might have accidents with other riders. Soon if electronic boards are accepted as a common means of transport, property owners will be held liable.
This is because they will have a duty to make their property safe for the small wheels. Bumpy roads can easily cause the board rider to trip and fall.
Plus, gravel, stones, oil and fruit skins can cause riders to slip and fall. In these scenarios, the rider can seek legal help. And the idea is to get compensation.
When you fall on the road or sidewalk due to cracks and bumps, you could end up with severe injuries.
The electronic board is no barrier between you and a vehicle. And because of its low height, a vehicle will hit you just like it would hit and affect a person walking on foot. Even getting hit by a bicycle can cause broken bones, bruises, blue spots, etc.
You can become a prey of crude product while riding your board, including The Vesper Board. It is an electronic device, and it can malfunction just like any other electronic device.
Have you ever experienced a lagging smartphone or a frozen computer? There are always chances of similar things happening as well. In fact, there are a few videos on Youtube that show the dangers. One shows a rider was having trouble with the board after it crashed by mistake.
One of the wheels suddenly stopped working in that case. So, you can expect one of these stuck tires to go free all of a sudden. That can launch you.
But what if one of the tires becomes loose and then escapes the board? What if the footrests don’t have enough friction to allow your feet to grip the board?
In that case, you slip and fall.
Your board should also be able to hold the amount of weight it claims to tolerate. If somehow its structure breaks or shows signs of cracks when tolerable weight is on it, then it is not your fault. All eyes should be on the makers.
Things can go wrong in numerous ways when you are on the road. Of course, these new electronic boards are great gadgets and their affordability is going to make them quite popular. However, accidents can happen to anyone.
When hurt you deserve compensation. Whether an electronic board rider hurt you, or you as a rider have received injuries due to someone else’s negligence, make sure to get in touch with professional law firms.
ELFPI is always there to help you and your loved ones with their personal injury cases. Get in contact with a professional lawyer for your personal injury case. Get the compensation you deserve.