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Serious Injuries From Riding Segways Increasing

Injury Data Released Shortly After Company Owner Dies in Segway Accident

Falling Off Segways a Problem continued...

The researchers say that the median age of injured Segway riders was 50, and 30 of them were women. Also, 29 of the victims, or 70.7%, lived outside the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area. One was a police officer.

The Segway runs on a battery-powered motor. The operator stands upright on a platform and leans forward to go straight ahead or speed up and returns to upright or leans slightly backward to slow down or stop.

 Top speed is about 12 miles per hour.

They are used by some police officers, airport security personnel, and some commuters, as well as by groups on tours in various locations.

Dailida of the Segway company tells WebMD that standard recommendations for users include being familiar with their terrain, because most accidents involve contact with some sort of obstacle. More than 75 dealers sell Segways in the U.S., he says, and the devices also are on the market and the streets in Europe and South Africa.

Models come in various prices, ranging from $5,000 to $6,600, Dailida says.

He tells WebMD that “people who knew him [Heselden] are just shocked at what happened.”

 

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