Many Segway disasters arise from overconfident and under-trained riders and can lead to surprisingly serious injuries. The recent death of Segway Inc. owner James (Jimi) Heselden has triggered the question as to whether or not two-wheeled scooters are really safe for people to ride. USA Today reported Heselden, 62, drove his Segway off a cliff at his estate in England, resulting in an unfortunate death.
A Boston personal injury attorney might come across a Segway-related case, considering such injuries are currently on the rise. Mary Pat McKay, who leads a study on Segway injuries, said most accidents result from people bumping into immobile objects, losing control and not putting their hands up in time to prevent a head injury. After evaluating 41 case reports of Segway injuries, the study discovered that 24 percent of those injured were admitted to a hospital.