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Electric Scooter (E-Scooter) Accident Compensation Claims – Why Instruct Us?
Bikelawyer’s solicitors are pioneers of claiming compensation for injured riders of E-Scooters. Drawing on many decades of experience in representing injured vulnerable road users and having recovered millions of pounds in compensation for our clients annually, Bikelawyer is ideally placed to offer our expertise in helping E-Scooter riders who are injured through no fault of their own.
Electric Scooters – The Law
Electric scooters or E-Scooters have become a familiar sight on our roads but until recently they have been illegal to ride in the UK, other than on private land.
As of 4 July 2020 the Government launched a trial scheme legalising e-scooters, but with very strict limitations.
You are able to ride e-scooters on roads and cycle lanes but not on pavements; and only as part of a hire scheme in pre-approved trial locations.
You will need at least a provisional licence and you have to be 16 or over. The for-hire e-scooters are currently limited to a maximum speed of 15.5mph, and although you don't have to wear a helmet, it's recommended.
This trial scheme is due to last 12 months and for the time being it will still be illegal to your ride your own e-scooter anywhere except on private land (subject to the permission of the landowner.) If you're stopped by police riding a non-rental scooter you could still receive a £300 fixed penalty notice, plus penalty six points on your driving licence.
Realistically, it seems it will only be a matter of time before electric scooters are fully legalised in the UK. That said, expect them to be subject to stringent legal requirements covering: where they can be used, helmets, licensing, construction and speed.
Electric Scooter (E-Scooter) Accidents
Whilst it is currently illegal, it is an everyday sight to see people riding their E-Scooters on the roads and pavements of the UK. Unfortunately, the number of accidents involving E-Scooters has sky-rocketed. Due to the very limited protection afforded to E-Scooter riders, the injuries suffered when an accident happens can be devastating.
E-Scooters can reach high speeds and have only limited braking capacity. They are virtually silent so are more likely to be involved in an accident. Riders often do not wear helmets or protective gear.
Common injuries include head and brain injuries and severe fractures. Regrettably, the number of fatalities is rising in line with E-Scooter use.
Can I claim for my Injuries?
If the accident was caused, or partly caused, by someone else, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation for your injuries and financial losses.
Our highly experienced solicitors are experts in helping vulnerable road users seriously injured in accidents to claim the maximum possible compensation. It may not be another driver that was to blame – your accident could be due to a pedestrian, a diesel spill on the road or a pothole. Contact us to discuss claiming compensation for your injuries.
What to do in the event of an accident on an Electric Scooter (E-Scooter)
- Seek medical attention
- Report the incident to the police as soon as possible
- If you are able to do so, obtain the names and contact details of any witnesses
- If you are able, photograph the accident scene and any damage to vehicles involved
- Check for CCTV in the vicinity that may have captured the accident
Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation to see if we can help you get the compensation you deserve. We provide a no-win, no-fee service.