Electric scooters have been rising in popularity over the last year. According to Which?, one company has seen a 184% increase in the sale of electric scooters since November 2020.
Despite strict laws surrounding their use, their popularity in cities like London, Liverpool and Bristol is expected to increase.
How many accidents have occurred in the UK?
According to a report by the government, there were 460 accidents involving electric scooters in 2020. There were also 484 casualties in accidents involving e-scooters, and out of these, 384 were e-scooter users. Of the 484 casualties, 1 person was killed, 128 were seriously injured and 355 were slightly injured.
What if your involved in a scooter accident?
Because electric scooters are a relatively new mode of transportation, the legislation surrounding their use is limited. By law, they can only be driven on private land, although this doesn’t stop people from using them on pavements and roads. As such, if you are involved in an accident with an e-scooter, you may be wanting to know what your options are in terms of compensation. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take if you have been involved in a scooter accident.
If you’re the rider
If you’re an e-scooter rider, you may be able to claim compensation if the accident was caused as a result of another vehicle and the driver’s actions were negligent. However, these cases are difficult. If you’re driving an electric scooter and are involved in an accident on a main road or pavement you’re essentially breaking the law.
If you have been hit by a scooter
If you have been hit by an electric scooter through no fault of your own, you may have grounds to claim compensation, especially if you have been left with significant injuries as a result of the accident. One such example of this includes a 3-year-old girl who was sadly left with life-changing injuries.
The biggest issue around these claims is that many scooter users will be uninsured. The effect of this is that many injured pedestrians will have good legal grounds for bringing a claim, but no prospect of recovering compensation because there is no insurance.
There is a national scheme called the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) which pays compensation to the victims of accidents of uninsured drivers, and if the government is determined to encourage the use of e-scooters it should also think seriously about changing the rules so that these vehicles are covered by the MIB.
Learn more about your rights today
If you have been involved in an electric scooter accident you could be eligible for compensation. To understand your rights and whether you can make a claim, contact our expert team at Mulderrigs Solicitors today to speak to a professional and receive guidance.