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Electric scooters, also known as e-scooters, can reach dangerous speeds in excess of 30mph and only have one brake, which can make it difficult to stop. If you are involved in an accident, you are likely to sustain serious injuries.
If the accident that caused your injuries was caused by the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our road traffic accident solicitors are experts in helping those who have been injured while riding an e-scooter and can help you to secure compensation for the pain and suffering caused.
How JMW Can Help
Although there are uncertainties surrounding the law as to how and where e-scooters can be used, users are still vulnerable to road traffic accidents, whereby the incident was not their fault. In cases where another person was responsible for your accident and resulting injuries, you may be eligible to claim compensation.
Injuries are not always caused by collisions with other vehicles, for instance, potholes and other road or pavement defects can cause accidents. For this reason, injuries can vary widely, including whiplash, broken bones, brain damage, and spinal injury.
Compensation awarded in such cases can help to cover the cost of medical fees, any potential loss of earnings and the repair or replacement of your e-scooter. We will review your losses and put together the strongest possible case on your behalf to ensure you can focus on making a recovery and do not need to worry about any issues related to having an accident.
Our team has more than 35 years of experience, and always keep up to date with the latest updates to the law related to road traffic accidents. This means we can handle your case well and ensure any new legislation is considered when making a claim.
Dangers of e-Scooters
E-scooters are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 30mph and in the hands of an inexperienced user, they can be very dangerous. Some of the dangers that users should be mindful of include:
- Weaving between traffic and pedestrians
- Riding e-scooters without helmets or other safety equipment
- Riding e-scooters with a passenger on board
- Wearing headphones while riding
Accidents involving e-scooters have resulted in fatalities in numerous countries. The UK’s first death caused by an e-scooter was 35-year-old television presenter and YouTube personality Emily Hartridge, who died in a collision with a lorry in July 2019.
What Should I Do if I’m Involved in an e-Scooter Accident?
If you have been involved in an e-scooter accident, the following steps will help to ensure the claims process runs as smoothly as possible for you. Your health should always be your first priority, so make sure to receive medical treatment for your injuries before taking these steps.
- Report the incident to the police as soon as possible. This is important if a driver responsible for the accident flees the scene.
- Take down the names, addresses and telephone numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
- Photograph the scene, including what caused the accident and the damage to any vehicles involved.
Are e-scooters classed as a motor vehicle?
E-scooters are classified as personal light electric vehicles under s185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, meaning they are treated as motor vehicles.
Start Your Claim Today
If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident caused by somebody else’s negligence, contact JMW today to make a claim for compensation. You can either call us on 0800 054 6570, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back.