E-Scooter Accident Claims
As part of nationwide trials to assess their popularity and viability as a transport option for millions of people, E-scooters have been introduced nationwide.
Currently, a privately owned e-scooter is not allowed, by law, to be used on UK roads. But recently introduced government-backed schemes have put e-scooters on roads as a greener alternative to motor vehicles and public transport that is harmful to the environment.
With e-scooters increasingly popular and now being trialled across the country, more people are, consequently, exposing themselves to a greater risk of injury raising questions about whether making a claim for personal injury is possible.
Why am I seeing so many e-scooters?
There are currently more than 30 areas across England hosting official rental trial schemes, with the purpose to gauge how potential future e-scooter usage can be implemented in society, both safely and with consideration for those currently using the highways.
What are the rules of using an e-scooter?
When using a rental e-scooter in the UK, the rules state the driver must have a full or provisional licence and be over the age of 16. Although helmets are not mandatory, they can only be ridden on roads or cycle lanes, with third party insurance, usually provided by the e-scooter rental company, essential.
On a side note, private e-scooters can only be used on private land with the permission of the landowner. Any use on roads and cycle lanes used by the general public is strictly prohibited.
Why is insurance needed for an e-scooter?
With the Road Traffic Act 1988 defining e-scooters as ‘powered transporters’ and thus defined as a motor vehicle, the same rules apply to them as any other motor vehicle. That includes the need to be insured when operating it. Although you’ll be covered by the rental company’s policy for an e-scooter of that sort, if you use a privately owned e-scooter on public highways, you won’t be covered by an insurance policy as no provider will cover due to the laws forbidding their use on public land.
Can you make a claim after being in a non-fault accident when riding an e-scooter?
If you were injured as a result of being in a non-fault accident while riding an e-scooter rented to you by one of the government-backed schemes then yes, you would be able to make a claim for compensation.
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