E scooters, or electric scooters have become all the rage across the UK. That’s not surprising considering the many benefits they appear to offer. These little two-wheelers run on batteries that are easy to charge, highly efficient, and easy on the pocket. More importantly, their lower emission levels make them an environmentally-friendly mode of travel. In addition, e-scooters are compact, lightweight, easy to use and easy to park. With more and more people buying these modes of transport in recent years, e-scooter accidents are on the rise.
If you’ve been injured in an electric scooter accident that was caused due to somebody else’s carelessness, you may be eligible to file an e scooter accident claim for compensation.
Common Causes & Consequences Of Electric Scooter Accidents
Electric scooter accidents can be caused by a number of different factors.
A defect in the scooter could cause it to get out of control, injuring the rider as well as other riders or pedestrians.
Other road users may unintentionally or intentionally speed by too fast causing the lightweight two-wheeler to wobble and crash, injuring the driver and potentially pedestrians too.
E scooter-users might recklessly weave in and out of traffic, causing serious accidents and injuries. Carrying a pillion-rider on an e-scooter can increase the risk of accidents.
Potholes, debris, or oil spills are other potential hazards that can cause electric scooter accidents.
An electric scooter accident can result in injuries ranging from mild cuts, bruises and bumps to more serious fractures, broken bones, punctured lungs, and head, spine and brain injuries. They can even be fatal especially if the rider or pedestrian is flung in the way of oncoming traffic.
UK Law Regarding Electric Scooters
It’s fairly common to see electric scooters zooming around the neighbourhood so it may come as a surprise to hear it’s actually illegal to ride privately owned e-scooters in any public places, including public roads and pavements.
Electric scooters are classified as ‘powered transporters’ and as such they are subject to the legal requirements of the Road Traffic Act 1988. We’ve put together a detailed guide to legalities related to electric scooters here, but essentially, what you need to know is that it’s illegal to ride them on roads, pavements, and other public areas. A person can only legally ride one on their own land or other private property with the owner’s permission.
However, the UK government is conducting e-scooter trials in some areas of the country. Electric scooters can only be used on the roads legally if they’re participating in these trials.
With as many exceptions as there are rules, the law regarding the use of electric scooters can be very confusing. This makes it even more important to speak to a personal injury solicitor if you were injured in an electric scooter accident what was not your fault.
Making An E Scooter Accident Compensation Claim
When making an electric scooter accident claim, one of the key factors that comes into play is whether or not the e-scooter was ridden illegally. If the offending rider was using the e-scooter illegally, it could be considered a criminal offence and the police are likely to be involved. Moreover, if the rider didn’t have insurance, which is more than likely the case, how do you sue for compensation?
We provide free legal advice about personal injury claims. During a no-obligation telephone consultation, regardless of whether you were injured while riding the electric scooter, or were injured as a pedestrian, a claims advisor will analyse the events leading to the accident as well as the legalities involved, and give you expert legal advice as to what to do next.
If it appears there is a case to be answered, we could appoint one of our personal injury solicitors to start an e scooter accident claim for you, and will be processed on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you can relax during the claims process knowing you’ll only pay your solicitor’s fees if you receive a compensation settlement.
Dealing with our personal injury solicitors is pretty straightforward, and they’ll go out of their way to make it easy for you to exercise your legal right to compensation.
What Evidence Can Help My Compensation Claim?
While your solicitor will do everything within the law to ensure you’re adequately compensated for your injuries, there are some things you can do to help strengthen a compensation claim.
- Only if it’s safe to do so, collect all the evidence you can at the scene of the electric scooter accident. This can include photographs or videos of the scene and of your injuries.
- Make a report at the nearest police station. Keep a copy of the report.
- Check if any CCTV cameras around the accident scene captured what happened. If so, request a copy of the footage.
- Get the contact details of any pedestrians or drivers who witnessed the e scooter accident. Witness statements can also help lend weight to your claim.
- Even if your injuries don’t warrant calling for an ambulance, it’s vital that you get medical help as soon as possible. Not only can this help rule out the possibility of any serious internal injuries but the medical records and doctor’s notes could be crucial to your compensation settlement.
Once you’ve got the immediate tasks out of the way, it’s just as important that you speak to a personal injury solicitor at the earliest so they can get started on your claim right away.
No Win No Fee E Scooter Accident Claims
For many accident victims who might already be dealing with mounting medical expenses and loss of income, it can come as a relief to know that you won’t have to pay any legal expenses out of pocket thanks to the No Win No Fee agreement.
Our No Win No Fee agreement essentially states that you won’t have to pay any upfront fees, and all legal expenses pertaining to your e scooter accident claim will be taken care of until the case is closed. In return, if your claim is successful, the fee is calculated as a set percentage of the compensation you’re awarded. The fee is deducted from your compensation directly so that you’re never out of pocket. If your claim is not successful, you’ll pay nothing.
If you’ve suffered an injury in an electric scooter accident, please get in touch with our claims advisors today on 0800 6524 881 for expert advice on making an e scooter accident compensation claim.