This guide will explore how an E-scooter injury solicitor could help you seek compensation if you have been injured in a road traffic accident. There are several circumstances in which an accident could involve an E-scooter. Firstly, you could be the user of an E-scooter who is injured by another road user, such as a driver or motorcyclist. Secondly, the user of a scooter could cause another road user harm, such as a pedestrian. Finally, an accident involving an E-scooter could be caused by a local authority who has failed to maintain the roads adequately and in a relevant time-frame.
In order to make a claim following an accident on the road, there are certain criteria that must be met. We will explore these in more detail throughout this guide.
Additionally, this guide will discuss the steps you can take after sustaining harm on the road. For example, you can seek medical attention and gather evidence to support your potential claim. You may also find it beneficial to seek legal advice from a solicitor. We will explore the services they could offer and how this could benefit your claim.
Furthermore, we will look at the compensation you could be awarded if you make a successful claim and how it could address the pain and suffering caused by your injuries as well as the psychological and financial impact they may have had.
You can learn more by reading on. However, if you would like to speak with an advisor from our team, you can do so by:
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- A Guide To Using An E-Scooter Injury Solicitor
- When Are You Eligible To Claim For E-Scooter Accidents?
- What Compensation Could You Receive From A Road Accident Claim?
- Potential Evidence In A Road Traffic Accident Claim
- Why Use A No Win No Fee E-Scooter Injury Solicitor From Our Panel?
- Learn More About Hiring An E-Scooter Injury Solicitor
Whilst it is not a legal requirement to hire an E-scooter injury solicitor in order to start a claim, they could provide several services that could benefit you. For example, they can:
- Help you collect sufficient evidence to support your case
- Take statements from witnesses
- Ensure you put forward a full and complete claim
- Assess the value of your claim
Additionally, they can arrange for you to attend an independent medical assessment which may be required as part of the claims process. This can produce a report providing details on the full extent of the harm you experienced and the way they are likely to impact you in the future.
The solicitors from our panel could provide these services and help you through the different stages of the claims process. They have experience handling several types of road traffic accident claims and can offer their services on a No Win No Fee basis.
To learn whether they could help, get in touch with our team on the number above.
Whilst it is against the law to use a privately owned E-scooter, there are trials with rented E-scooters taking place in different parts of the country.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, E-scooters are classed as a motor vehicle. As such, the rules applying to motor vehicles are applicable to e-scooters. This means that a licence, insurance and tax is required to operate them. Also, to rent an -E-scooter, you must be a minimum of 16 years old and create an account with the rental company.
Additionally, under the Act 1988, road users owe one another a duty of care. This extends to those operating an E-scooter. This means they must navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of harm to others, including only using the vehicle in designated areas such as the road and cycle lanes.
Furthermore, the Highway Code outlines different rules and guidance for road users. The rules are backed elsewhere in law.
If there is a failure to uphold this duty of care and another road user is harmed as a result, it is known as negligence. To make a road traffic accident claim, you must demonstrate that negligence has occurred.
Examples of how this could occur include:
- The driver of a car fails to check their mirrors when overtaking on a narrow road. As a result, they knock over an E-scooter user causing them to sustain a head injury and shoulder injury.
- An E-scooter user operates their vehicle on a pavement causing them to crash into a pedestrian. As a result, the pedestrian may sustain serious harm in the form of a back injury, broken leg and brain damage. They could also suffer from anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
To learn whether you could make a claim, get in touch on the number above.
Each settlement awarded after a successful claim is made can consist of general damages. This compensates for the emotional and physical pain and suffering caused by the injuries sustained.
An E-scooter injury solicitor can value this head of claim with help from the Judicial College Guidelines. This documents lists compensation brackets which we have included in the table below.
The table of figures is only a guide. Each settlement is unique so the figures are not a guarantee.
|Injury Type||Compensation Bracket||Notes|
|Head||Moderately Severe - £219,070 to £282,010||A very serious disability where there is a substantial dependence on others and constant professional care is required.|
|Foot||(a) - £169,400 to £201,490||Both feet are amputated.|
|Chest||(b) - £65,740 to £100,670||A traumatic injury affecting the chest, lungs or heart which results in permanent damage and a reduced life expectancy.|
|Knee||Severe (i) - £69,730 to £96,210||A serious knee injury involving joint disruption and other issues.|
|Back||Severe (iii) - £38,780 to £69,730||Disc lesions or fractures are covered in this bracket.|
|Pelvis||Severe (iii) - £39,170 to £52,500||Injuries in this bracket include a fracture that results in a partially successful hip replacement. Revision surgery may be needed.|
|Neck||Moderate (i) - £24,990 to|
|Fractures or dislocations that cause severe and immediate symptoms. A spinal fusion may be required.|
|Leg||Less Serious (i) - £17,960 to £27,760||An incomplete recovery from fractures.|
|Shoulder||Serious - £12,770 to £19,200||A shoulder dislocation with lower brachial plexus damage resulting in shoulder and neck pain as well as other symptoms.|
|Ankle||Modest - Up to £13,740||Fractures that are less serious, minor or undisplaced are included in this bracket.|
Can You Claim For Special Damages After E-Scooter Accidents?
Your settlement could also include special damages which accounts for the financial losses caused by your injury.
It would benefit you to keep a record of any losses when claiming them back. For example, you could provide receipts, train or bus tickets to prove any travel expenses.
For more information on how much you could be awarded following a successful scooter accident claim, get in touch on the number above.
As you start to build a case for personal injury, there are several pieces of evidence you could gather, such as:
- CCTV and dashcam footage
- The contact details of any witnesses who could provide a statement at a later date
- Copies of medical records
- Photos of the accident area and your injuries
An E-scooter injury solicitor could help you understand what evidence is needed for a personal injury claim, please get in touch on the number above.
- You won’t need to pay for the services of your solicitor upfront or while the claim is ongoing.
- No payment will be required for the work your solicitor has completed on your case if it fails.
- A success fee will be deducted from your compensation if your case is a success. This is subject to a legal cap.
Call our team to find out whether you could work with an E-scooter injury solicitor on this basis.
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We hope this guide on using an E-scooter injury solicitor could help. However, if you have any further questions, please get in touch with our advisors. They can offer free legal advice on whether you’re eligible to seek compensation.
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For more of our guides relating to road traffic accident claims:
- Cycling Accident Solicitors
- Can A Cyclist Claim Against A Car Driver That Hit Them?
- Head-On Collision Car Crash Claims
For further resources:
Thank you for reading this guide on whether you can use an E-scooter injury solicitor and how they could benefit your claim. If you have any other questions, please use the details provided above.
Writer Jeff Wage
Editor Meg McDonald