Last updated on January 14th, 2022
Mopeds and scooters are convenient and economical especially for short distances and running errands. They are fuel-efficient and you never have to worry too much about not finding parking. However, the lack of any type of protection increases the risk of serious injuries in case of a road traffic accident.
If you’ve been injured in a RTA that wasn’t your fault while riding a moped/scooter, or as a pillion passenger, you may be eligible to file a moped accident claim for compensation.
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- Common Causes Of Moped & Scooter Accident Claims
- Moped Accident Compensation Calculator
- No Win No Fee Moped & Scooter Accident Claims
- Evidence To Strengthen A Moped Accident Claim
- Time Limits For Filing Accident Claims
There are many different ways that moped and scooter accidents claims can happen. These are some of the more common causes of moped accidents that may warrant a compensation claim:
- Accidents involving drivers driving under the influence.
- Debris or potholes on the road.
- Oil spill on the road that’s not cleaned up.
- A vehicle turning unexpectedly in front of the moped without any warning.
- Death from careless driving by another road user.
- Faulty moped.
- Careless pedestrian movements.
As mentioned earlier, the lack of protection while riding a moped or scooter can result in serious injuries after an accident. These include but are not limited to:
- Muscle, ligament or tendon damage.
- Neck injuries including whiplash.
- Fractures or broken bones.
- Soft tissue injury.
- Nerve damage.
- Spinal and back injuries.
- Head injury or concussion.
- Brain damage.
Any of these injuries can have far-reaching consequences. You may be forced to take leave from work, which means loss of income and loss of potential perks such as bonuses or promotional opportunities.
Compounding this monetary loss are any medical expenses involved, from the cost of prescription medicines to that of ongoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions. To regain some degree of independence, you may have to invest in some type of mobility device or even make expensive structural changes to your home.
It’s not right that you should pay such a high price for a moped accident that wasn’t your fault. In our opinion, the best way to get compensated for your personal injuries and monetary losses is by filing a moped accident claim.
Not every accident involving a moped or scooter will result in victims suffering the same injuries. As an example, where the accident involved a motorcycle, both riders and any pillion passengers are very likely to suffer very different injuries, even more so if the moped is hit by an HGV. Due to this it’s simply not realistic to state accurately on this page how much compensation you could be awarded.
Nevertheless, personal injury and road accident solicitors can refer to the Judicial College general damages compensation guidelines when calculating settlement amounts for moped accident claims. By using our moped accident Injury compensation calculator which bases it’s figures on the JC guidelines, you can get some idea of what compensation may be due for various injuries.
You should consider that each moped or scooter accident claim is unique, and therefore actual compensation in a successful claim may be higher or lower than the settlement amounts displayed.
It’s not always easy to win a moped accident claim. Unless you have experience with legal matters, it may be best to get a personal injury solicitor to file the claim on your behalf. Fortunately, they make it easy for moped and scooter accident victims to protect their legal rights without incurring any out of pocket expense.
When you call our personal injury team on 0800 6524 881, they will first set up a complimentary telephone consultation to find out more about the circumstances surrounding your moped/scooter accident. After hearing you out and going through any evidence you might have such as medical reports, photographs/video, witness statements etc, they will weigh the merits of your case. If the moped accident was clearly not your fault, they may offer to represent you on the basis of a No Win No Fee agreement.
As part of a typical No Win No Fee agreement, your appointed solicitor will waive any upfront legal fees and also cover all expenses related to the moped accident claim until such time that a decision is passed. With our own agreement you would only pay a success fee if the final decision is in your favour and you receive settlement from the defendant. The amount you have to pay will be clearly stated in the agreement, and is a pre-determined set percentage simply deducted from the compensation awarded. If the decision is not in your favour, you don’t pay anything.
Using a personal injury solicitor to file a moped accident claim, in our opinion of course, can increase your chances of receiving compensation without actually taking any financial risks.
While your personal injury solicitor will leverage the legal system to ensure you get compensated fully for your injuries, there are some things you can do after a moped accident to help strengthen a potential compensation claim.
The first thing to do is to get your injuries treated. Rather than relying solely on first-aid, visiting a local A&E department or seeing your doctor will mean you’ll then have a medical report of what injuries you suffered.
Meanwhile, if you can, do these things immediately after your moped accident to help strengthen your claim:
- Get photographs or video (or both) of the scene of the accident, your injuries, and damage to your moped and any other property such as clothing, mobile phone etc.
- Take down the names and contact details of others around who witnessed the accident and are willing to provide a statement if needed.
- File a police report at the nearest police station and keep a record of the report. This is especially important if the driver flees the scene.
- If there are any CCTVs in the area, obtain copies of CCTV recordings that captured the accident. There’s no stronger proof in a moped or scooter accident claim than an actual recording showing how the accident happened and who was at fault.
- Get a medical check-up as quickly as possible even if your injuries appear minor. Some seemingly minor injuries could get progressively worse with time or you may have internal injuries that are not immediately apparent.
In addition to the receiving critical treatment, getting a medical check-up is also important for compensation purposes. Your post-accident medical report may serve as a key document when evaluating your claim and for the purpose of calculating compensation.
Moped accident claims must be claimed within 3 years from the date of the accident, or from when your injury was diagnosed (date of knowledge). If you were injured on your scooter or moped in a hit and run incident for example, you would claim through the CICA scheme, in most cases the time limit is just 2 years. Claims filed after the time limit has expired may be considered past the statute of limitations and would typically be rejected.
Three years is not as long as it may seem, which is why it is advisable to get in touch with a personal injury solicitor as quickly as possible after the accident. Your solicitor will need time to research precedents and consult with other legal and medical experts in order to put together a strong claim. The earlier you consult with a solicitor, the better your chances of getting your claim filed within the deadline. It also means receiving compensation sooner rather than later.
If you’ve suffered injuries from being involved in a moped or scooter accident and would like the advice of a personal injury solicitor, free of charge, call us now on 0800 6524 881 and we’ll get your moped accident claim started right away.