Over the past several years, hoverboards have become extremely popular mobile devices, especially with people between 20 and 30 years old. In 2015, these self-balancing scooters with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries topped the most popular Christmas gift list. In Illinois, they are posing increased risks of injury from severe burns and traumatic head injuries that require legal attention from a personal injury lawyer Chicago.
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Hoverboard Risks and Injuries
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that hoverboard related injuries have become a growing concern in recent months. Reports show 70 emergency-room injuries related to hoverboards since mid-year 2015. Hospital reports revealed bruises, sprains, strains, fractures, contusions, lacerations, and head injuries from hoverboard accidents. Fall-related injuries included bone fractures, neck and back injuries, andtraumatic brain injuries.
Due to rising hoverboard risks and increased numbers of serious head injuries, various states and national companies are questioning the liability risks associated with hoverboard use. As hoverboard popularity continues to grow in Illinois, a personal injury lawyer Chicago will likely be needed for more hoverboard accidents and injuries.
- Amazon recently pulled a large number of hoverboards off its U.S. and U.K. Sites. They have requested documentation from hoverboard manufacturers stating that they followed all applicable safety standards to prevent potential injuries.
- Major airlines including Delta, United, American, and Southwest have recently banned hoverboards from being checked in as luggage or carried onto their planes. The airlines cited concerns over the lithium-ion batteries installed in hoverboards as the reason for the ban. The Federal Aviation Administration lists lithium-ion batteries which can explode or catch on fire as hazardous materials.
- In parts of New York City hoverboards are the latest rage, but the state classifies them as motorized vehicles that cannot be registered, so riding them in public can incur a steep fine.
- In California, lawmakers have tried to get ahead of the problem. A new law effective Jan. 1, 2016 will allow electric-powered boards to be ridden in bike lanes and requires riders to be 16 years of age.
While it seems unlikely that federal laws will be established for hoverboards any time soon, state laws may be established in the near future to create hoverboard safety standards and regulations. In Illinois, rising hoverboard accidents may require a personal injury lawyer Chicago for personal injury cases.