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E-Scooter Accident Claims Solicitors
As the popularity of e-scooters continues to rise, so does the need for legal expertise in handling e-scooter-related accidents and injuries. At Bikelawyer, our dedicated team of e-scooter accident claims solicitors are here to provide comprehensive legal assistance and guidance to individuals who have been involved in e-scooter accidents.
We understand the unique complexities and legal nuances surrounding e-scooter accidents, including issues related to liability, electric scooter accident compensation, insurance coverage, and the evolving regulations governing e-scooter usage.
With our in-depth knowledge and commitment to client advocacy, we are equipped to navigate the intricacies of these cases and fight for the compensation you deserve. Whether you are a rider, pedestrian, or another party affected by an e-scooter accident, our e-scooter accident solicitors are ready to stand by your side, offering compassionate support and expert legal representation throughout the entire claims process.
Our expert solicitors can provide support at each stage of the claims process, covering key areas such as:
- E-scooter accident liability - Cases depend on whether or not the defendant admits fault, and how much responsibility they take
- Quantum - Referring to how much you will receive in damages
- Rehabilitation - Whether or not these costs will be covered as part of the claim
- Medical evidence - Assessing the injuries to build the claim
- Offers - Valuing the claim and negotiating an offer with the defendant
Why choose Bikelawyer?
More than a decade ago, Andrew Campbell, a legal partner, obtained compensation for his friend who tragically suffered a life-altering head injury due to an accident involving a diesel spill.
As a result of this victory, Bikelawyer was eventually established, driven by a commitment to specialise in motorcycle accident claims. Our passion for this field extends beyond a professional level; it is rooted in a genuine desire to assist individuals in need.
Bikelawyer has a reputation as a leading specialist motorcycle accident solicitor firm, with all of our staff being qualified lawyers with a wealth of experience and knowledge regarding this often complex legal area.
Bikelawyer, renowned in the legal sector, holds an impressive standing as a legal expert and columnist for Motorcycle News (MCN).
Bikelawyer frequently achieves greater levels of compensation for motorcycle injuries compared to other law firms. Many clients come to us after initiating their claims elsewhere, having experienced either unsuccessful outcomes or dissatisfaction with their prospects.
Our E-Scooter Accident Claims Compensation Process
E-scooter accident liability
Once the defendant receives a letter of claim, they will have the opportunity to admit liability, or contest it. In certain circumstances, the defendant may admit that they are partly to blame for the accident.
Where the defendant disputes liability, or partly disputes liability, e-scooter accident claims solicitors will need to investigate how the accident occurred, including, talking to witnesses, and reviewing the police report.
Quantum – or “how much”
A client is likely to receive more in damages when the injuries that they have sustained are more serious. E-scooter accident claims can cover compensation for suffering, pain, and loss of amenity (not being able to do things that you could before). Additionally, you may receive compensation that covers other financial losses, where these have been caused by your accident.
Where the defendant disputes liability, our solicitors can usually have the defendant’s insurer cover any rehabilitation costs required.
We appreciate that your injuries may have caused you both physical and emotional pain, and that you may be concerned about the rehabilitation processes. Rest assured, we provide sensitive support, and ensure that you understand what to expect.
In order to prove your injuries, and to what extent you’ve been injured, it’s necessary to work with medical experts. These stages involve visiting an independent medical professional, who will draft a report that details your injuries.
We have much experience supporting clients throughout these claim stages, and will ensure that you are prepared and well aware of your obligations.
In the later stage of the claims process, Bikelawyer will present your claim to the defendant, so that the settlement negotiations can begin. Usually, these stages will involve several rounds of offer and counter offer, to eventually reach a settlement.
Rest assured, we are fantastic negotiators, and have a reputation of securing higher levels of compensation when compared to similar firms.
Frequently asked questions about e-scooters
Are e-scooters legal?
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.
It should be noted that the use of privately owned e-scooters is illegal. However, it is legal to ride for-hire e-scooters. You are able to ride these 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 ride your own e-scooter anywhere except on private land (subject to the permission of the landowner.)
What are the penalties for riding a non-rental e-scooter on the road?
If you're stopped by police riding a non-rental scooter on the road you could receive a £300 fixed penalty notice, plus six penalty 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.
Are e-scooter accidents common?
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 e-scooter accident claims 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.
Pedestrians or road users hit and injured by e-scooters – can I claim?
In terms of electric scooter accident compensation claims, yes you can claim compensation for injuries if you are hit by an e-scooter. Our solicitors can often act in such cases on a no-win, no-fee basis.
What should I do if I’m involved in an e-scooter accident?
- 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
Do you need insurance for an electric scooter?
Whilst insurance is a requirement for riding electric scooters on public roads due to their classification as a motor vehicle, when you rent an e-scooter it should already be insured by the owner/company who provides the renting service.
Of course, it is not legal to ride a personally owned e-scooter on public roads, and if you own a personal scooter purely for use on private property, there is no need for you obtain insurance.
What are the types of e-scooter accident claims?
There are several scenarios of electric scooter accidents that could result in a claim, for example falling off the scooter due to poorly maintained terrain, especially if the terrain had been reported to the council but was not repaired within a reasonable timeframe. Another example would be if the driver of the e-scooter was involved in a collision with a vehicle due to the other driver’s negligence, or poor driving.
Also, if a rented e-scooter malfunctioned due to not being maintained correctly, that could also give grounds for a claim. At Bikelawyer, our e-scooter accident claims solicitors understand that each case is unique, so we take the time to analyse the circumstances and provide tailored advice for your specific situation.
What happens if an e-scooter crashes into your car?
In the event that the operator of the scooter is also the owner, they would bear responsibility for any damages resulting from the accident. However, if the scooter was leased from a rental company, the process would follow a different course.
Typically, rental companies will have insurance that covers damages caused by product defects. However, if the accident was a result of the operator's negligence, these companies will not be held liable for providing e-scooter injury compensation.
To pursue your rightful compensation, it is crucial to possess legal knowledge, as court cases can be lengthy to resolve. It is advisable to seek legal advice from a lawyer when facing a similar situation. Our e-scooter accident solicitors at Bikelawyer have the most up to date legal knowledge of how these situations work and will be at hand to answer any queries you may have.
How long does an e-scooter accident claim take?
The period of time that an e-scooter accident claim can take will depend on several factors, such as the complexity of the case, how severe the injuries resulting from the accident are, the cooperation of all the parties involved as well as the legal processes that are involved. Therefore, it is very difficult to provide an exact timeframe due to the varying complexities of each case.
In general, the more straightforward e-scooter accident claims that require minimal disputes and a speedy recovery can be resolved within a few months, however the more complicated cases, involving serious injuries generally require a lot of investigation, negotiation or even litigation and can stretch to several months of even years
Contact our e-scooter accident claims solicitors
To discuss your e-scooter accident claim with one of our expert solicitors today, contact our team at Bikelawyer. You can call us on 01446 794199.
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