E-scooter accident claim
E-scooter claim dealt with by Motor Insurers Bureau
Levenes are dealing with a claim by a cyclist who collided with an e-scooter on a shared use path.
The cyclist was riding along what was a relatively narrow shared use path when he encountered a man riding towards him on an e-scooter. He was not able to avoid a collision and as a result he fell to the ground and suffered injuries, which thankfully were not too serious although he did require treatment from paramedics. The rider of the e-scooter called the ambulance but then left the scene.
Levenes submitted a claim to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) who have agreed to deal with the claim under the Untraced Driver’s Agreement. This is because the e-scooter rider was not traced and almost certainly he was not insured either.
E- scooter accident compensation claim
E-scooters are considered to be motor vehicles. As such they should be registered with the DVLA and insured, but privately owned and scooters are not. Only scooters which are part of a currently experimental e-scooter rental scheme of which there are a few dotted across the country actually have insurance.
In the case of our client, as this was a privately owned uninsured and unregulated e-scooter driven by a man who left the scene, the MIB are obliged to deal with the case.
This case is being deal with by Lyuba Karakaneva and Tim Beasley.
Can I claim compensation in respect of e-scooter accident
If you are hit by an e-scooter rider, you can claim compensation. If that person has insurance and stayed at the scene to give their details, then you can claim in just the same way as if you were hit by a car.
In practice, this may not be as easy as it sounds.
Assuming the rider is riding a privately owned scooter then it is unlikely, though not impossible, that they will have insurance, and so they might not be too keen to hang around and give their details. It is an offence not to give details to the scene to anyone who reasonably asks – which is a fact worth knowing if you are involved in such an accident or witness one.
If the rider had no insurance or cannot be traced, there is a claim that can still be made which is to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) – the insurance body which insures untraced and uninsured drivers.
If you were riding a scooter and you were injured as a result of the negligence of someone else, such as a car driver, then you can claim against them, even if technically what you were doing was illegal. This is because acting illegally is not usually considered a defence to a claim.
Accident compensation claims
Seeking the expert advice of a specialist road collision lawyer can be crucial in ensuring that your claim goes smoothly and that you get the support you need to recover from your injuries.
You can trust in the experience and knowledge of our team of professional injury lawyers to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to.