Hoverboards are a popular gift idea, but before purchasing one, you have to be aware of the risks! Since hoverboards became popular, tens of thousands of people, especially kids, have been injured in hoverboard related fires and falls. We have talked about hoverboard risks before; with the holiday season, this is a great time to discuss them again. Hoverboards are here to stay, and the topic of hoverboard risks is an important one.
When hoverboards first became popular, hoverboard battery fires were a major concern. For example, in 2017, a house fire started by a hoverboard tragically killed a ten-year-old girl and her two-year-old sister. But recently, hoverboard related fires and explosions have become less common. Most hoverboards now follow the UL 2272 safety standard, which reduces the risk of the hoverboard exploding or catching fire. If you buy a cheaper hoverboard, or one that is not certified, you are exposing yourself to the risk of battery fires and explosions. When purchasing a new hoverboard, you should always look for a UL safety certification, often in the form of a sticker placed onto the hoverboard. It is also wise to check any hoverboards that you may already own – ensuring that they feature a UL safety certification and have not been recalled.
Hoverboards have become faster and more maneuverable over time, making falls an even more serious concern. It is imperative that you follow all of the safety instructions that came with your hoverboard and that you always use appropriate safety equipment. If you are injured by a hoverboard fall, proper adherence to safety instructions will have a major impact on the likelihood of collecting compensation.
Off-Road Hoverboarding Risks
Whereas the original hoverboards were designed for use on paved surfaces, some hoverboards are now designed for off-roading. Off-road hoverboards come with additional concerns related to possible falls; please consider these risks, especially if you are thinking about purchasing an off-road hoverboard for a child. Also, we implore you, do not use a standard hoverboard in an off-road setting. Using a hoverboard for off-roading, when it was not designed for that purpose, is an accident waiting to happen.
What if something happens?
You may be able to receive compensation for hoverboard accidents, including falls and fires, that result in personal injuries or property damage. If you are injured or your property has been damaged, there are certain things that can help your case: Make sure that you followed all the instructions that came with your hoverboard and make sure that you used proper safety equipment. After an accident, do not throw the hoverboard away, especially if it was defective; keep it as evidence.
Call Anytime for a Free Consultation with a Hoverboard Injury Attorney
If you have any questions about hoverboard injury claims or hoverboard related property damage in Missouri, contact attorney Chris Benjamin, at KC Road Lawyers, by calling 816-425-2420 / 660-679-4161 or by navigating to our contact page for a consultation at the firm’s Lee’s Summit or Butler Missouri offices.