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E-Scooter Accidents

With a number of cities across the country now trialling electric scooters (e-scooters) as part of a Government lead scheme and with more regions expected to join as testing progresses, they are fast becoming a popular mode of transport. Sadly, however as the number of e-scooters increase on the road, so do the number of the accidents.

Most e-scooters have an average speed of 15.5 mph, however some are able to reach much higher speeds of up to 31 mph and many only have one braking system in place, which leads to a higher risk of accident and injury.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence our award winning Personal Injury team will be able to help you make a claim. We have helped thousands of people to make a road traffic accident claim, guiding them every step of the way throughout the legal process.

Start your claim with Ramsdens Solicitors today by contacting our friendly and experienced team. Contact us by calling 01484 821 500 or complete our online contact form and we will be in touch at a time that is convenient for you.

COMMON CAUSES OF e-scooter ACCIDENTS

Most e-scooter injuries are caused by their lack of visibility on the road and can leave the riders and pedestrians, who are more vulnerable to accidents, with severe and life threatening injuries. There is also risk to other road users due to negligent driving either by the rider of the e-scooter being inexperienced, driving over the speed limit, using a privately owned scooter or insufficient safety measures being in place.

We have claimed compensation for a number of road accidents, including accidents caused by:

  • Dangerous road surfaces (potholes, raised road surfaces etc)
  • Negligent drivers
  • Reduced visibility
  • Scooter faults or repair failure
  • Inclement weather (ice or snow)
  • Pedestrian accidents including collisions and tripping over parked vehicles

THE LAW

E-Scooters that can be used on public roads are those rented as part of government-backed trials across the county.

Privately owned scooters can only be used on private land and not on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements.

To use an e-scooter from an official trial, drivers must hold a full or provisional UK driving licence.

As of the 4 July 2020, legislation states that the speed of rented e-scooters must be limited to 15.5 mph and the power limited to 500 watts.

WHAT CAN I CLAIM FOR?

All accident claims are unique and so compensation awardable in each case can vary.

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident that wasn't your fault, the pain and suffering sustained can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and hospital treatment. This can cause both physical and psychological problems for the victim. A lengthy and stressful claims process will only add to this.

As a result of the injuries sustained, there could be financial losses to take into account, including loss of earnings, vehicle repairs, medical treatment and additional travel costs if the victim’s mode of transport has been damaged.


CALL RAMSDENS SOLICITORS TODAY TO START YOUR E-SCOOTER CLAIM

If you think you could be entitled to compensation following an e-scooter accident, call the Ramsdens Solicitors team now on our freephone number 0800 804 7450. Alternatively, you can submit a claim online and a member of the team will get back to you about your accident claim.

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