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September 3rd, 2018
It takes one glance at Future Motion’s Onewheel self-balancing skateboard to see it isn’t like traditional skateboards. Rather than fast-rolling urethane wheels, riders straddle a battery-powered board built around a single tire. The device is self-balancing, which means that despite its single point of contact with the ground, riders can easily jump on and feel stable with little effort at speeds of up to 14 miles per hour.
The Onewheel is gaining a following just as battery-powered scooters and bicycles are becoming popular forms of urban transportation, thanks to companies like Bird and Uber. Recently, some of these battery-powered vehicles have been in the news following severe—and even fatal—traffic injuries which have led cities to rethink their traffic laws and regulations.
Unlike human-powered vehicles, such as standard bikes and even skateboards, the Onewheel features an electric motor with a six-mile range and comes standard with headlights, taillights, and can navigate concrete, grass, gravel, hills, and even curbs.
When you put these factors together, riders are able to navigate many types of terrain, miles away from home, at nearly 15 miles per hour. Combined with the self-balancing nature of the Onewheel, riders may be unable to know when the vehicle is becoming too unstable to ride until they crash.
Multiple reports involving Onewheel accidents mention the same potential cause: the electric motor stopping or cutting out without warning. When this happens at speed, the nose of the vehicle can drop, which can throw the rider off the vehicle and result in severe injuries.
A person close to our law firm suffered serious injuries resulting in surgery and months of physical rehabilitation as a result of a Onewheel accident, and there is at least one additional report on an online forum of a similar crash. If you or a loved one were thrown from a Onewheel skateboard due to a potential product defect, our lawyers want to talk to you today.
At Dudley DeBosier, we protect victims’ rights after injuries caused by negligence, including manufacturer negligence when their products are unsafe or they fail to warn consumers of potential injury risks. Our attorneys are now investigating Onewheel crash injuries nationwide, and we’re here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a self-balancing skateboard.
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This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with Future Motion, Inc.; Bird; or Uber.