Electric Scooter Accident Lawyers for Compensation
While convenient for short distance travel, e-scooters provide little protection to users, and can lead to severe injuries in the event of an accident. If you or someone close to you has been injured after an accident involving an e-scooter, you may be entitled to compensation.
The rise in popularity of these light vehicles has been helped by the necessity for people to have an accessible, cheap, and environmentally-friendly transportation option. With the rise in users, unfortunately, the accidents involving e-scooters have also become more common.
According to data collected by the UK Government, there were a total of 1,352 e-scooter collisions in 2021 alone and almost 300% more than the previous year. With cases rising each year, it is essential that all road users follow official safety guidance.
Currently, it is illegal to ride a privately owned e-scooter on the road or pavement. E-scooters are classified as "powered transporters," and they are subject to similar legal requirements as motor vehicles. This means they must meet certain standards, including having insurance, a license plate, and complying with construction and use regulations.
However, trials of rental e-scooter schemes have been taking place in various cities across the UK, allowing the use of specific rental e-scooters on public roads. These schemes have been introduced to assess the feasibility and impact of e-scooters as a mode of transport, and they typically involve licensed operators providing e-scooters for rent.
The ability to claim compensation for injuries sustained in an accident with an e-scooter will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. For example, if an e-scooter rider causes an injury to a pedestrian and the rider is not covered by insurance, it can complicate the process of claiming compensation. If the e-scooter rider was part of a rental e-scooter scheme that is operating under a trial or specific regulations, there might be provisions in place to address liability and compensation.
The best way to discover whether you could have a claim and how much you could be entitled to is to seek out quality legal advice from an experienced solicitor.
Why choose us?
We understand that the thought of making a claim can seem daunting, especially when the process is unfamiliar.
At SDS Solicitors, we believe in putting our clients first. From the initial consultation right through to receiving compensation, we ensure that you are aware of the process every step of the way.
For decades now, we have been making it our mission to make quality legal counsel accessible to victims of road traffic accidents, including accidents involving e-scooters, across England and Wales.
To find out if you could have a claim, call us on the number at the top of this page or fill out our contact form. A member of our expert team will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your potential case.
What am I entitled to in an E-Scooter Injury Claim?
The best way to find out whether you could be entitled to compensation for your e-scooter accident injuries is by seeking out legal counsel.
We understand that no amount of financial compensation could ever make up for the harm that these kinds of accidents and injuries cause.
At SDS, we have been advocating for our clients across England and Wales for decades now, many of whom are e-scooter accident victims who have since made successful claims with our help.
After listening to your story, we will advise you on the likelihood of your claim being successful. From there, if our experts believe that you could have a claim, we will help you by determining an appropriate settlement figure that fully takes into account the following side effects of an e-scooter accident:
- Loss of earnings or earning potential,
- Costs (such as travel or counselling costs)
- Any mental harm you may have gone through
- Loss of independence
- Any physical harm you have experienced
We know that the process of making a successful claim can be a daunting one. But you are not alone.
At SDS Solicitors, we are on your side. We have a proven track record of achieving high compensation payouts for those injured in e-scooter accidents. Contact us today to find out how much compensation you could get for your e-scooter accident.
What are the most common causes of e-scooter rider injuries in the UK?
E-scooters can be a cost-effective and enjoyable method of transportation. However, they are also particularly vulnerable to traffic accidents involving other vehicles such as cars, motorbikes or heavy goods vehicles.
There are many ways that people riding e-scooters can become injured, such as:
- vehicles not giving way to e-scooters when they are coming out of intersections
- vehicles colliding with e-scooters while overtaking
- vehicles turning into intersections across an e-scooter path
- Uneven and dangerous road surfaces, such as potholes
On UK roads, doors can also be a problem in car crashes. When a car is parked next to a road, and the driver opens a door perpendicular to the road without looking around, it can cause a rider to crash.
On the road, an e-scooter and its rider take up less room than a car. So, it might be more challenging for a car driver to see an e-scooter coming at a junction, especially if the driver isn't paying attention. This could cause the rider to crash head-on into the side of the car or to rear-end the car driver, which can cause many injuries.
Unfortunately, there are countless ways that an e-scooter driver may suffer injury while on the road.
You could still be entitled to compensation if your incident is not listed above. To find out whether you could have an e-scooter accident claim and how much you could be entitled to, contact our experts today.
How does e-scooter rider negligence cause road accidents?
Just as e-scooters riders can be injured by other road users or by uneven road surfaces, other road users can also be harmed as a result of negligent e-scooter riders. This can also happen in a multitude of ways, including:
- E-scooters left on the pavement can cause accidents, particularly affecting pedestrians
- E-scooters hitting pedestrians who are crossing the street
- E-scooter riders turning out into the road without prior warning and causing a road accident
If you were injured because of a negligent e-scooter rider, you could be entitled to compensation, even if your accident does not match any of the examples above.
By contacting our team of road traffic accident compensation solicitors, you can get access to expert legal counsel from specialists with decades worth of experience in handling similar cases to yours. We will tell you whether we think you could have a claim and how much you may be entitled to.
We will also decide who is liable and who should be contacted first. For example, whether the e-scooter is rented, privately owned, insured or uninsured will help to determine whom you should take legal action against and sue.
To learn more, get in touch with our experts today by calling us on the number at the top of this page or filling out our contact form.
What injuries are caused by e-scooter accidents?
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 these injuries can have a serious impact on your quality of life, and can lead to other conditions developing. For example, spinal cord injuries can cause partial or complete paralysis.
Unfortunately, these are just a few examples of the many serious injuries caused by these types of accidents.
Nobody deserves to experience harm that could have been avoided had other road users followed the correct road safety procedures and remained aware of their surroundings. A successful compensation claim can help you get the financial support you rightly deserve, leaving you free to move forward and begin to heal.
With thousands of these incidents now happening each year in the UK, seeking compensation can also help to ensure that the road user who caused your accident will not be able to harm anyone else on the road.
Can I make a claim if I was injured while driving an e-scooter without a helmet?
All road users have a responsibility to follow UK Government guidance in order to promote the safety of other road users as well as themselves.
For e-scooter users, this also means wearing a helmet. If you get hurt in an accident while not wearing a helmet, you may be entitled to less compensation, particularly if your lack of proper safety wear can be seen as part of what caused or worsened your injuries.
As the nature of each e-scooter accident is so unique, we recommend seeking out legal counsel as soon as possible. This will help to remove any doubt about whether you could have a claim. Once you know whether a claim is possible, you can begin to think about how you would like to proceed.
At SDS, our experts are there to help clarify what you can expect each step of the way when you make a claim. To find out whether you are still entitled to compensation, and how much you might be able to claim for, get in touch with us today.
Can I make an E-Scooter Injury Claim on behalf of someone else?
If someone close to you was involved in an e-scooter accident and is unable to claim compensation for themselves, then you may be able to make a claim on their behalf. This may include adults making claims on behalf of children, or claims made on behalf of those lacking mental capacity under the Mental Health Act 1983.
Unfortunately, serious road accidents can have catastrophic effects on the lives and the health of those affected. At SDS Solicitors, we understand that for the loved ones of e-scooter accident victims, claiming for compensation can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
Our experts have decades’ of experience in handling these types of claims, and our number one priority is putting our clients’ needs first.
When you get in touch with us, we will make sure that we understand exactly what has happened so that we can give you the best legal counsel.
We will be able to tell you whether you have a possible claim, and if we think that a successful claim is possible, then we will advise you on your next steps.
Call one of our expert E-Scooter Accident Solicitors in Manchester today for a free initial consultation.
We will listen carefully to the specific circumstances of your accident, and advise you with a high degree of certainty whether there is a legal case to be answered.
To get in touch, either call the number at the top of this page, or leave your details in the enquiry form and we'll call you back. Our specialist solicitors are nationally recognised and accredited by MASS (Motor Accident Solicitors Society).
Our experienced E-Scooter Accident Solicitors act regularly for clients across Greater Manchester including Ashton, Bury, Bolton, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Middleton, Failsworth, Rochdale, Oldham, and Whitefield, but also throughout England & Wales.
No matter where you are in England & Wales, if you've been injured in an E-Scooter accident, talk to our lawyers today for expert legal advice.
Sheldon Davidson Solicitors are a Lexcel accredited law firm. The Lexcel standard is only awarded by the Law Society to firms who meet the highest standards of practice management and customer service.
With Sheldon Davidson's Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester, you can be confident that your claim is in safe hands.