7th September 2021
Electric scooters are causing a divide in opinion across the country. Some view them as harmless fun and a sustainable, eco-friendly way to commute and others are finding them a nuisance and danger when used in public. Love them or loathe them, they are becoming an increasing sight on UK highways.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers at Lamb Brooks explore the current laws around e-scooters and what to do if you find yourself injured after riding one yourself or colliding with an e-scooter in an accident.
Privately owned e-scooters are illegal to use on public roads, cycle lanes and pavements. This is because they are currently classed as ‘powered transporters’ by the government and fall under the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles.
You can buy e-scooters and ride them on your own private land or garden; however, many people are seen out and about riding them through town centres and residential roads, illegally.
Government backed rental trials, have been underway in over 30 locations across the UK since the summer of 2020, with more cities added to the list this summer. These trials have been extended until the end of March 2022 to gather evidence before another consultation phase on any changes to the law.
You can legally rent electric scooters in cities across the UK including London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge and Slough.
Riders need to be 18 years or over and are required to verify their account by scanning their driving licence or a provisional driving licence when they first log into the app.
As with all modes of transport, there are a number of risks to take into account when riding one or when in close proximity to e-scooter riders as a pedestrian or motorist.
With private sales increasing and the popularity of the trial rental schemes soaring, it is estimated that there will be 200,000 accidents involving e-scooters by the end of 2021.
There have already been a number of tragic cases involving fatalities and serious injuries as a result of e-scooter collisions in the UK.
Six people are believed to have died in the UK to date. The first known person in the UK to die from an accident was 35-year-old TV presenter Emily Hartridge who, in July 2019, was killed in a collision with a lorry. A 20-year-old male, suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, two severed arteries, a broken jaw and punctured lungs when his electric scooter was involved in a collision with a car in Wolverhampton last month. Unfortunately, he later passed away from his injuries.
In the most recent case, a 3-year-old girl suffered life-altering injuries after being hit by an e-scooter in South London in July 2021.
If you have been involved in an accident and suffered injuries due to the negligence of another person, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
It is important to seek legal advice from a Personal Injury Lawyer as quickly as possible as this is a new, developing area of law.
At Lamb Brooks we take on claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis to minimise risk to clients seeking justice for their injuries. Our team are happy to discuss your case and upon review can quickly inform you if you have a case to take forward.
Speak to our experienced Personal Injury Team on 01256 844888, email us at email@example.com or speak to our online chat assistant who can take your details and arrange for a call back at a convenient time.
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The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.
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