Electric scooter accident claim
Electric scooters have become more and more popular in recent years and are now a very common sight in our towns and cities.
Since July 2020, the government has been trialling across various towns and cities, e-scooter rental schemes.
Many people are advocating e-scooters as a transport solution for the future, in our congested and polluted towns and cities. It is not hard to see why, as riders can now be seen whizzing though traffic jams at considerable speed. Furthermore, battery technology has improved the range of e-scooters such that they can go further between charges.
Hand in hand with their increase in popularity has come an increase in the number of injuries suffered as a result. These injures can be to the rider him or herself or to pedestrians and cyclists.
Few people actually know the law relating to these scooters, or, despite knowing the law, they use them regardless.
What is the law regarding electric scooters
Electric Scooters are classed as motor vehicles, because they have a motor which completely powers the propulsion of the scooter. This is in contrast with e-bikes which only operate when the rider is pedalling and where the motor cuts out when the rider reaches a certain speed. E-bikes are no different from ordinary pedal cycles but e-scooters, like cars, vans, and motorbikes are motor vehicles and should be licenced and registered for use on the road and the rider should have compulsory third liability insurance.
Are electric scooters illegal in the UK
E-scooters are not technically illegal. They can be used on private land with the permission of the landowner.
Can I ride my own e-scooter on the road
It is legal to use an e-scooter which is part of one of the e-scooter rental schemes on the road. However, without licencing, registration and insurance, privately owned e-scooters which are not part of a rental scheme are illegal to use on the highway, which includes not only the carriageway but pavements as well.
Can I claim compensation
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.
What to do after
If you are involved in an accident with an e-scooter we recommend you take the following steps:-
- Get the details of all parties involved.
- Get the details of any witnesses.
- If you can, use your camera phone to take photos of other parties and vehicles. You do not need the permission in a public place to take someone’s photo. Discretion is advisable as some people take exception to being photographed.
- Look around you and see if you can see CCTV cameras. Make a note of their position.
- Get medical attention as quickly as possible.
- Report the incident to the police and get a police reference number. Even if the police tell you that there is no chance of investigating the incident, you must report it to the police as a condition of being able to claim against the MIB.
- Contact Levenes as soon as possible.
Dangers of electric scooters
There are many dangers riding e-scooters.
There is an obvious danger of drivers of cars, vans, buses, and lorries not seeing you.
There are less obvious dangers due to the often sorry state of our roads and pavements. The wheels of e-scooters are smaller and less able to cope with undulating in the road surface. Because of this, there is an increased risk of injury as a result of falling off as a result of hitting a pothole.
If you fall off your e-scooter and believe that this was due to a pot hole, you should do the following in addition to following the advice given above. Take photographs of the hole, including middle distance shots and close ups with measurements to show the width, length and depth of the hole.
Common injuries caused by electric scooter accidents
Common injuries caused by e-scooter accidents include: –
- Leg and arm fractures.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Spinal cord injuries.
- Head and brain injuries.
- Fatal Injuries.
Time limits to make a claim
The time limit to make a claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. Where the injured person is under 18 at the time of the accident, the 3 year time period starts on their 18th birthday. We strongly recommend that claims are made as soon as possible whilst the events are fresh in the mind. The longer your claim is delayed, the less likely are the council to accept that you have a valid claim.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.