Medical Accident Group is supporting the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ (APIL) Injury Prevention Week. This year, APIL is focusing on the rise in incidents caused by e-scooters.
Electric scooters, or e-scooters are a common sight on roads and pavements in urban areas and the number of reported injuries involving e-scooters is on the rise. The vehicles remain illegal to ride in public areas, unless they are part of an approved pilot scheme. There is a great deal of concern around e-scooters as both riders and other road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, have been injured in electric scooter-associated incidents. On pavements, e-scooters pose dangers to pedestrians and wheelchair users – and particularly people who are blind and partially sighted. But using the e-scooters on roads without sufficient infrastructure such as cycle lanes is also risky, especially due to lack of regulations.
To wear a helmet is completely at your own discretion. Given that some e-scooters can reach speeds of up to 25 mph (40 km/h), falling off or crashing into another vehicle or obstacle without a helmet could result in serious injury. Across Britain, nine people have been killed in collisions involving e-scooters – all of whom were e-scooter riders. More serious injuries include head injuries or broken arms and legs – with three people sustaining a broken neck or back and three people with internal injuries in 2021. Despite the increase in casualties, the recent update in the Highway Code does not mention changes to promote safety for e-scooter users.
How can Medical Accident Group help you?
Our specialist solicitors could help you claim compensation if you’ve been injured in an accident while riding an e-scooter, or you’ve been involved in a collision with one.
Medical Accident Group specialists understand that injuries can be catastrophic; in a split second, you can be left with life changing injuries or injuries can prove fatal. Life doesn’t suddenly go back to normal for people that have suffered from a serious injury.
The team will deal with claims ranging from whiplash-type injuries to neck, back and severe injuries sustained in road traffic accidents using its extensive expertise in getting compensation that looks at the long-term picture, and what home adaptations and medical care may be needed in the future.
Injury Prevention Week
Promoting safety is opportunity to prevent these serious injuries from ever occurring – Medical Accident Group is thrilled to support APIL’s Injury Prevention Week.
Medical Accident Group’s Peter Savage said: “The effects of an injury can be devastating physically, financially and emotionally, therefore, the sensible thing to do is to encourage safety to reduce the number of incidents from ever occurring.”
Pedestrians or road users hit and injured by an e-scooter – can I claim?
Yes, you can claim compensation for injuries if you are hit by an e-scooter. We are happy to act in such cases on a no-win, no-fee basis.
What to do in the event of an accident on an e-scooter
- Seek medical attention
- Report the incident to the police as soon as possible
- If you are able to do so, obtain the names and contact details of any witnesses
- If you are able, photograph the accident scene and any damage to vehicles involved
- Check for CCTV in the vicinity that may have captured the accident
If you were involved in an e-scooter accident, our specialist solicitors can help you with your claim – call us on 0800 050 1668 or email using our online form.