E-SCOOTERS – CONVENIENT BUT INCREASING RISK OF INJURY TO RIDERS AND OTHERS?
Backed by the government, on-road e-scooter trials are currently taking place in the UK. Only e-scooters being used as part of the trial are legally allowed on the road and currently their users are required to hold a policy of insurance.
In addition, as part of the trial, e-scooter users are:
- Required to wear protective headgear
- Hold at least a provisional driving licence
- Permitted to use cycle lanes and pavements
- Permitted to travel up to a speed of 15.5mph
It is anticipated that e-scooters will grow in popularity on UK roads given their convenience and affordability compared to the cost of running a car. With that comes the increased risk of accidents for the riders of e-scooters, cyclists and pedestrians. To add to the risk is the fact that the e-scooters are so quiet, their approach may go unnoticed
E-scooters privately owned and operated remain illegal on the road. Following the outcome of the trial there may be clarification on the use of e-scooters and whether there will be a requirement for insurance for e-scooter users in the future.
If you have been involved injured as a result of an accident whilst using an e-scooter or involved in an accident caused by an e-scooter please contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers for advice on 01934 410910 or submit an online enquiry via our website and we will contact you to arrange a free face-to-face or telephone consultation, at a time suited to you.