A segway is known as a two-wheeled personal transportation device, which can be used by people when traveling short distances. It will accelerate when a rider leans forward and reduce speed when he leans backward.
This machine was created by Dean Kemen. It was introduced in the market in 2003 and became one of the tools of transportation for people since then.
However, around 6,000 segways were recalled shortly after they were released. This recall was reportedly done to correct a defect, which can cause the transporter to suddenly stop if the batteries ran out.
Another recall was done in 2006. This time, it affected around 23,500 segways, which reportedly possess a defect that can cause them to suddenly run backwards at an excessive speed.
Because balancing yourself while riding it can be tough, even a simple problem can cause you to fall and sustain injuries. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to make sure that the vehicle will not endanger people or trigger the occurrence of accidents.
Injuries that may be sustained in segway accidents include:
- Facial Injuries. They can cause physical and mental distress to a person. Aside from causing pain, it can also affect his appearance.
- Spinal cord injury (SCI) - SCI can cause a person to suffer from paralysis or permanent disability. Here are the some of the signs and symptoms of SCI:
o Loss of body movement
o Exaggerated spasms or reflex activities
o Loss of your ability to feel cold, touch, and heat
o Changes in fertility, sexual sensitivity, and sexual function.
Meanwhile, a person should seek immediate medical assistance if these signs and symptoms become evident right after the accident:
o A twisted or oddly positioned back or neck
o Intense back pain
o Extreme pressure in the head, back, or neck
o Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Bone fracture - It is a common type of orthopedic injury. A person who is suffering from it will likely need to wear a cast. However, if the damage is too severe, his doctor may require him to undergo surgery.
Here are the some of the signs and symptoms of bone fracture:
o Tingling and numbness
o A misshapen or out-of-place joint or limb, which can be spotted after the accident
o Intense pain
o Bruising, bleeding, or swelling