Road traffic accident claims
E-scooter accident claims
E-scooters are new additions to our roads and are becoming increasingly popular since the UK introduced the e-scooter trials. If you’ve been injured whilst riding an e-scooter, or you’ve been injured by an e-scooter colliding with you, Slater and Gordon may be able to help you claim compensation.
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E-scooters and the law
are covered by the same laws that govern the use of cars and other motor vehicles, so you need a driving licence to ride a rental e-scooter. Rental operators are required to provide an insurance policy as part of the rental agreement, but privately owned e-scooters are not permitted to be used on the UK public highway so no insurance company will provide cover. Rental e-scooters can only be ridden on cycle lanes or the side of the road, as you would if you were cycling.
As they are new additions to our roads and the law around using e-scooters is complex, this might mean you’re not sure if you can make a claim. Our expert solicitors can advise you on whether you can get compensation for your accident and guide you through this process.
What are the types of e-scooter accident claims?
You can make an e-scooter accident claim if you’ve been injured by as a result of someone else’s negligent behaviour, either whilst riding an e-scooter, as a pedestrian or if you’ve been injured in a collision with one. A claim may even be brought if the road you were riding on had a defect such as a dangerous pothole.
If you’re injured by a rental e-scooter, the scooter rider should have insurance and the process for claiming compensation is the same as if you were hit by a car or motorbike.
If you’re injured by someone riding a private e-scooter, the rider is almost certainly uninsured. However, the lack of insurance doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing the claim. The Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) deals with claims against drivers who don’t have insurance, essentially stepping in and acting as an insurer for them.
If you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you’re uninsured, you may still be able to make a claim. Case law suggests that not having insurance is not a sufficient criminal offence to stop you from making a claim. In all cases, it’s worth talking to us about your e-scooter accident claim and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
What are the common causes of e-scooter accidents?
As the number of e-scooters on the road is increasing, unfortunately, so are the number of accidents. E-scooters can reach excess speeds of 30mph, which can be difficult to control as they have limited breaking capacity and riders often don’t wear protective gear.
You might also be injured as an e-scooter rider by another car or vehicle driving negligently on the road. E-scooter riders often have lack of visibility on the road making them vulnerable to accidents.
What are the types of injuries from accidents involving e-scooters?
The injuries suffered due to an e-scooter accident can be devastating as riders are particularly vulnerable road users. Some of the common injuries include:
all of which can have a serious impact on your quality of life.
What’s the cost of making an e-scooter accident claim?
We understand that your injuries might already be causing you financial hardship, especially if you’re unable to work as a result of your injuries. That’s why we offer a promise for e-scooter injury claims, which means that if you don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay your legal costs and there’s no financial risk involved in making a claim. Instead of worrying about how to pay for your legal representation, you can focus on your recovery.
How long does an e-scooter accident claim take?
There is no definitive timeline as every case is different, and the extent of your injuries will influence how long it takes to get compensation. It also depends on whether the person you believe was responsible for the accident accepts responsibility. However, as we’re experts in road accident claims, we’ll strive to achieve the best possible results as quickly and efficiently as possible.
How much compensation will I receive from an e-scooter accident claim?
As all e-scooter injury cases are different, it’s difficult to say how much compensation you’re likely to receive. The amount will depend on how , the pain or suffering you’ve incurred because of your injuries and the impact it’s had on your life. You can also seek compensation to reimburse you for any other financial losses you’ve incurred. These can include:
- Loss of income if you’ve been unable to work because of your injuries
- Damage to your personal property
- Treatment and rehabilitation costs
- Aids and equipment
- Care needs
Any future costs you’re likely to have relating to ongoing injuries, such as future loss of income, future care, treatment, rehabilitation, aids and equipment.
What rehabilitation and treatment can I receive as part of my claim?
If you’ve suffered a serious injury, we’ll work with you to get you the high quality you need to improve your chance of recovery. Early are a key part of our strategy to avoid any financial hardship and make early rehabilitation possible for you as we deal with your case. These payments can help with things you need such as physiotherapy, specialist nursing and . We also work closely with that can provide you with additional advice and support if you need it.
Even after we’ve settled your case, our solicitors will still be there to provide you with invaluable advice and support when you need it, at any point in your life.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
- We’re one of the UK’s largest and leading consumer law firms, with a number of offices nationwide, providing end to end services for all of your legal needs
- We’ve received a number of awards recognising our expertise
- We’re ranked highly in independent legal guides
- We aim to produce the best possible outcome on every case
- We offer funding so there’s no financial risk to you
- We work closely with a range of charities throughout the UK to provide you with additional support and guidance
How can I make a claim following an e-scooter accident?
If you’ve suffered an e-scooter injury through someone else’s negligence, you can make an e-scooter accident claim by speaking to one of our expert and professional solicitors, who can help you through this process. It’s important that you gather as much evidence as possible through photographs, witnesses and medical reports - call us today so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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