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E-scooter Reform

17 May 2022

Robert Clarke

E-scooter

Suffering an injury in any circumstances can have devastating consequences. When you suffer an injury owing to the fault of a third party, you are entitled to a personal injury claim for the loss, damage and suffering caused. However, the Law does not allow an individual to claim criminal injury compensation, meaning any injuries caused from the involvement of a criminal act (known as “Ex Turpi Causa”) will not receive any compensation.

The Law states that a private e-scooter can be driven only on private land. This effectively means it is illegal touse them on public roads, pavements, cycle lanes and, pedestrian-only areas. This is not the case with e-scooters hired through official schemes.

The Department for Transport has estimated that 750,000 private e-scooters are owned across England with transport tracking technology. It is reported that in 2020, 484 people were injured in Great Britton following an incident with an e-scooter. In the first six months of 2021, reports indicate that 530 people were injured following an incident with an e-scooter.

There are growing calls for mandatory insurance for e-scooters, and given the recent updates to the Highway Code, which introduces a new ‘Hierarchy of Road Users’, we would expect that legislation to clarify the use of private e-scooters will be necessary.

We can offer Solicitor representation for personal injury compensation following most types of accidents that have been caused by the fault of another. In most cases, we can offer a no-win, no-fee conditional fee agreement which means that subject to agreement terms and conditions, if you do not win your claim, you do not pay us for the work we do on your behalf.

If you or someone you know has suffered injury, loss and damage, our qualified personal injury lawyers in Doncaster and Sheffield can assess your claim and advise on the best course of action to help you settle for compensation. If you would like to find out more or arrange a consultation, please contact Robert Clarke on 01302 341 414.