Are Treadmills Safe?

The May 1st death of Dave Goldberg, husband of Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg, has brought extra attention to the safety of treadmills. Goldberg was using a treadmill at the Four Seasons near Puerto Vallarta when he slipped and fell. The fall resulted in brain trauma and excessive blood loss, both of which contributed to Mr. Goldberg’s death.

Treadmill accidents are not at all uncommon. Thousands incur minor injury on these machines every year and a handful of deaths occur annually. However, recent studies have shown treadmills themselves may pose less of a threat than exercising on them while using a smartphone or other portable electronic device.

Injuries and deaths on treadmills are growing as more and more people use them while also checking email, posting on social media, or watching videos. This same type of distraction is blamed for the increase in pedestrian accidents and is a well-documented cause of motor vehicle accidents. When someone hurts themselves using a smartphone, they have no one but themselves to blame. When someone hurts you because they are distracted, you have every right to hold them accountable and seek maximum compensation for your injuries.

If you have been injured by a distracted driver in New Hampshire or Vermont, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss to schedule a free consultation today.

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