Riding a Onewheel is pure joy and excitement; and we know this from experience. It is fast, agile, and capable of taking on almost limitless terrain. With that fun, riders must expect and accept a certain amount of danger. As with any wheeled device, riders can hit something on the road that causes them to lose their balance; they can crash into other people, vehicles or even stationary objects; and they can be hit by others who aren’t looking out for them. But unlike other wheeled devices, a Onewheel has been known to come to a dead stop without warning to its rider. In Onewheel parlance, these events are called “nosedives.” If something goes wrong or malfunctions in virtually any other wheeled device, the wheels will continue to rotate so that the rider has the chance of slowly coming to a stop or jumping off the device. A nosedive on the Onewheel leaves its rider with no chance of recovery. When a One wheel nose dives, its operator is on the ground – hitting it with the same speed that its operator was riding moments earlier. Riders who have experienced these nosedive accidents should contact a Onewheel accident attorney, as they may have a claim against Future Motion and its products.
If you have sustained injuries on a Onewheel device after a nosedive, or for any other reason, it may or may not be due to user error. Our network of attorneys nationwide are experienced in handling injury claims resulting from falls off Onewheel devices, and are able to advise you of options you may not expect after an injury – such as compensation. We are currently reviewing potential cases nationwide where nosedives and other falls from Onewheel devices have caused severe injuries or fatalities. If you have been hurt while riding a Onewheel, call us at (212) 935-2600 or fill out the form below for a free, no-obligation consultation to speak with an experienced Onewheel accident attorney.
Onewheel devices, including the Onewheel XR and Onewheel Pint, are battery-powered, self-balancing recreational transportation devices, often described as a “one-wheeled electric skateboard.” They are made by Future Motion, Inc. in Santa Cruz, California, and are capable of reaching speeds much higher than the 19 mph reported by the company. To use a Onewheel device, riders place their feet on each side of the large wheel. Removing a foot disengages the device.
Similar to “hoverboards,” Onewheel devices accelerate based on the rider’s balance; riders lean forward to accelerate the device, lean backward to decelerate, and use “heel-toe pressure” to lean in the direction they wish to turn.
Several design defect claims have been made throughout the United States against Future Motion, Inc. resulting from catastrophic injuries and fatalities to riders.
Onewheel devices are equipped with a “pushback” feature, meant to warn the rider of low battery, overcharging, and unsafe speeds. Once the Onewheel device has reached its maximum speed or low battery, the board is meant to push up to warn the rider. Although this design feature is meant for the rider’s safety, many riders involved in serious accidents report never feeling pushback – either because pushback never occurred or because pushback was not sufficient to be felt by riders.
If pushback is not felt by riders, or does not occur, the board will come to a complete and abrupt stop no matter the speed it is being operated. We are not physicists, but know that if a rider is moving 19 mph on his or her Onewheel and the Onewheel nosedives, the rider will be propelled to the ground directly in front of the board at 19 mph. Even far less speed can cause severe and catastrophic injuries to riders.
The aforementioned severe and catastrophic injuries include the following:
In one notable case, a Texas man died in a Onewheel nosedive accident. His ejection from the board caused fatal head trauma, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Halperin & Halperin, P.C. has successfully filed countless products liability personal injury claims related to defective medical devices, sports equipment, and other consumer products for alleged design, manufacturing, and marketing defects. We are familiar with the Onewheel design and the reasons a Onewheel device may not work properly. We also have a vast network of attorneys and experts nationwide that are ready to help. If we cannot handle your case personally, we will make sure to put you in good hands.
The attorneys at Halperin & Halperin, P.C., and our network of attorneys nationwide, are seasoned trial attorneys, meaning we will take your Onewheel case to trial if you are not offered the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Don’t wait to contact an experienced lawyer, as there is often a time limit to commence your lawsuit. The Statute of Limitations for New York product liability claims only extends three years from the accident date. This means you only have three years from the date of your injury to file your claim. Our attorneys at Halperin & Halperin P.C. can help you gather the appropriate materials so that you can make a strong claim in your case. Our injury and products liability attorneys have proven results in securing substantial settlements for our clients, and are ready to fight for you.
Call us today at (212) 935-2600 or fill out the form below for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced Onewheel accident attorneys.
Can I file a Onewheel claim if I’m partially responsible for my accident?
Just because you were partially at fault for your Onewheel accident doesn’t mean you can’t file a claim. You still may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For more information, contact an attorney at Halperin & Halperin, P.C.
What if I can’t afford a Onewheel attorney?
That’s impossible. Our attorneys at Halperin & Halperin, P.C. operate on contingency arrangement, meaning we won’t require any payment until we get you the justice and compensation you deserve.