Segways were all the rage when they were developed about 15 years ago, but their use hasn’t really taken off with the general population the way their creator hoped. The battery-powered, two-wheeled personal transportation devices look a bit strange, with their odd shape and off-balance look, but they’re very popular in tourist areas, particularly with people who may not have the stamina for a regular pedestrian tour.
If you choose to use a Segway when visiting a Florida tourist destination, injuries may be the last thing on your mind as you set out to enjoy the sights and sun. Ironically, however, the owner of the company actually died while riding an off-road version of the Segway, and injuries including bone fractures, facial trauma, spinal cord and, have been reported. To prevent such injuries, it is important to be aware of the risks and familiarize yourself with a few safety pointers before embarking on a Segway journey.
Segway Safety – The First Step
The first step toward Segway safety, before even getting on, is to ensure that you’re properly dressed. Avoid loose clothing and scarves that could get caught in the wheels as you ride along. Leave your accessories at home; your purse, phone, and camera can get in the way of your movements and lead to distraction. A properly fitting helmet should be worn to protect against brain injuries, and knee and elbow padding, as well as wrist guards, can lend extra protection. If you’re sightseeing at night, be sure to wear light, reflective clothing or add lights to increase visibility, and decrease the chances of being hit by a car.
It is also important to understand how to work the Segway operates. A Segway is a personal motorized vehicle, designed for use on flat, paved surfaces, although riding in the street is discouraged. Its main features are its touch sensors, which control the Segway based on the movements of the rider. For example, to go forward, the rider simply has to tilt their body slightly forward, or move the handlebars to the left or right to change directions. The handlebars can be adjusted for your height, comfort, and safety. Be aware of your terrain, and watch out for potholes or steep/uneven areas, as these could cause you to fall off or be thrown from your Segway. The maximum speed should be about the same as a fast walk, and the Segway has a “speed limiter” which will alert you if you are going too fast. If you are riding in a pedestrian-heavy area, try to stay out of the way of pedestrians, and alert them to your presence before passing, just as you would on a bicycle, to ensure comfort and safety for everyone. While the basic directions for riding are relatively straightforward, your Segway tour operator should provide complete instruction on how to ride the Segway safely and properly, and give you time to practice in an enclosed area before you head out on your tour.
Segways are particularly popular in Florida’s tourist areas, an easy way to visit the beautiful beaches and historic districts. They allow for a unique way to view the sights from a different perspective, and guided tours show many of the important sights without the exertion of walking. This is great for tourists and locals who want to get to know the treasures of their area, but it also means that Florida Segway users must be aware of the dangers, and know what they can do to ensure that they leave their Segway adventure with nothing but good memories. If you are injured it is possible that the touring company may be held liable for your damages.
Contact Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
If you or someone you know has been injured in a Segway accident or mishap, please rely on the expertise of the personal injury attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA. They have a thorough understanding of what safety information and equipment tour operators are required to provide for their customers, and they know how insurance companies try to cut corners when offering compensation to injured victims. Please call Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA at 727-451-6900 today for a free consultation with a member of our team.
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