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Onewheel Nosedive Lawsuits. Nationwide Representation.

Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC is reviewing potential cases from victims who suffered personal injury or lost a loved one in accidents involving Future Motion’s Onewheel mobility device.

Our team is currently litigating several injury and wrongful death lawsuits against Future Motion, Inc. over alleged defects that may cause the Onewheel to abruptly lose power and nosedive mid-ride.

December 2022 Update: "The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged consumers to stop using Future Motion's Onewheel self-balancing electric skateboard. The commission says that riders can be ejected from the e-skateboards, resulting in death from head trauma and other injuries. At least four deaths were reported between 2019 and 2021, the CPSC wrote in a Nov. 16 statement." - CNET

BCH Files Wrongful Death & Serious Injury Lawsuits Against Future Motion

As of December 2022, BCH is currently representing five families of individuals who died in a Onewheel accident, as well as more than 100 victims who were seriously injured.

These lawsuits began back in March 2020 when BCH filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Future Motion, Inc. in Santa Cruz County on behalf of a Houston man who died after his Onewheel allegedly shut off spontaneously and nosedived while he was riding in a local park. The man suffered a fatal brain injury, and left behind a wife and son.

The lawsuit alleges:

  • FM’s Onewheel device contains design, manufacturing, and marketing defects that can cause abrupt shut offs and nosedives.
  • FM failed to adequately warn consumers about possible injury or death when using the Onewheel as intended.
  • FM downplayed potential risks and misled consumers into believing Onewheel was safe for ordinary use.

Learn more about our Onewheel lawsuit here.

More Onewheel Victims Come Forward

BCH continues to fight for victims and families who claim they suffered losses due to alleged Onewheel defects and has filed additional lawsuits against Future Motion. Some of our other Onewheel cases include:

If you believe you have a potential Onewheel accident lawsuit, BCH is here to help. Our Texas trial lawyers are leading the charge in litigating product liability claims against Future Motion, and are investigating potential Onewheel lawsuits from victims nationwide.

Why Choose Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC?

  • Award-winning attorneys with over 150 years’ experience.
  • Proven results in high-stakes and high-profile product liability cases.
  • Contingency Fees – no cost to hire, no fee unless we win.

Learn more about your rights and legal options. Call or contact us online to request a FREE case review. BCH is reviewing claims from victims nationwide.

What Is Onewheel?

A Onewheel is a single-wheel transportation board often referred to as an electric skateboard. It is self-balancing and can propel a rider up to 20 miles per hour, depending on the model. The sports board is propelled by body movements and is manufactured by Future Motion, Inc.

Future Motion, Inc. is a California-based company established in 2013 by founder and CEO Kyle Doerksen. Onewheel was the first product launched by the venture-backed company. Current models include the Onewheel GT, Pint X, and Pint. Discontinued or upgraded models include the Onewheel, Onewheel+, and Onewheel+ XR.   

Is the Onewheel Defective?

Since its launch, the Onewheel has been the subject of multiple personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Allegations against the manufacturer include that the product itself contains a dangerous defect that can result in serious injury or death to riders. 

Several riders have been injured or lost their lives due to the device suddenly stopping causing a rider to nosedive without warning. Additionally, injured parties argue that the pushback feature can cause a rider to lose their balance presenting a significant risk of injury. 

In 2022, Onewheel manufacturer Future Motion, Inc. issued a recall of the front footpads for the Onewheel GT. According to a safety notice, the recall comes on the heels of hundreds of reports that the board continued to operate after a rider dismounted. Approximately 20,000 units were affected by the recall, which applied to footpads installed on the device and sold separately.

Onewheel Lawsuits Target Nosedive Accidents, Pushback & Possible Defects

The Onewheel is a self-balancing, battery-powered transportation device (sometimes called a hover board) that allows riders to stand on a skateboard-like deck propelled by a single tire. The Onewheel system uses gyroscopes and accelerometers to help riders balance and steer using their weight and positioning on the board. It can reach speeds of up to 20 mph or more.

In recent years, both the Onewheel and the Onewheel+ XR have gained a following of passionate riders, many of whom have a healthy respect for its learning curve and potential risks.

Unfortunately, not all riders were prepared for the possible defects that may contribute to serious crashes. This includes:

  • Onewheel nosedive. "Nosedive" is a predicament where the Onewheel motor is alleged to suddenly shut off and slam forward into the ground. Nosediving, if it occurs, can cause riders to be violently thrown from the Onewheel.
  • Pushback. Onewheel is designed to provide riders with a “pushback” that creates a sudden motor cut-out sensation when the device is reaching its limitations, climbing or descending hills, or nearing battery depletion. However, the pushback feature may inhibit a rider’s ability to balance, steer, and remain upright.

Even when riders dawn appropriate safety gear, respect the Onewheel, and recognize signs of pushback, they may still experience serious accidents and injuries if the device unexpectedly shuts off and nosedives.

Common Onewheel Injuries

Lawsuits filed across the country include details of life-threatening injuries caused by Onewheel nosedive and pushback accidents. Potential harm from the device is widespread and ranges in severity.

Common injuries due to Onewheel accidents:

  • Broken bones
  • Friction burns
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Dislocated shoulders
  • Severe lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Ligament Damage
  • Head and neck trauma

Individuals injured in a Onewheel accident are strongly encouraged to contact an attorney as soon as possible. 

Has Anyone Died on a Onewheel?

At least five people have died in Onewheel accidents across the country. Numerous others have experienced severe, debilitating injuries, including concussion, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, and more. It is believed that there are more victims who have yet to come forward on behalf of themselves or a loved one who was injured or killed in these devastating accidents.

What Type of Compensation Can Victims Get After an Accident?

Individuals who are injured or have lost a loved one in a Onewheel accident might be entitled to compensation. To get the recovery you deserve, you need to seek medical treatment immediately for any injuries and consult with an attorney to determine if you have a valid claim for damages.

Potential damages in a Onewheel accident case include compensation for:

  • Medical expenses 
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering

Onewheel riders or those who have lost a loved one only have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit based on personal injury or wrongful death. It is crucial to act quickly to determine your legal options. 

What to Do After a Onewheel Accident

If you are injured in a Onewheel accident, there are several steps you should take. First, you need to seek medical attention. Your priority should be your health and recovery. Next, you need to contact an experienced attorney.

If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a Onewheel accident, you deserve answers. An attorney can help you understand your rights after an accident, including your right to compensation for any losses.

At BCH Law, we offer a free, no-obligation consultation. We also handle matters on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay no fees unless we win. Do not wait. Get the legal help you need now.

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Since filing our lawsuit, BCH has received calls from Onewheel victims with questions about accidents of their own and whether they have grounds to pursue legal action to recover their damages – including their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Because every case is unique, we encourage injured riders and families to reach out to our firm for a personalized case evaluation. Case reviews are FREE and confidential.

BCH is leading the charge in litigating Onewheel accident claims, and is equipped with extensive experience in products liability, high-stakes litigation, and serious injury and death cases. We proudly serve clients across the U.S.

To speak with a Onewheel accident attorney about your potential case, contact us today.

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