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Can I claim for an e-scooter injury in Scotland?

In recent years, electric scooters (e-scooters) have surged in popularity and are now widely available to purchase, including from major retailers. However, there is considerable confusion around the legality of e-scooters in Scotland and the law on their use is far more restrictive than most private owners realise. Nevertheless, e-scooters continue to be used extensively and injuries related to them are on the rise. In particular, pedestrians are vulnerable to severe hurt should a collision occur, with some injuries even proving fatal.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving an e-scooter, call us now on 0131 341 2898 or request a callback using our online form. Our initial advice is free and we can ensure you take the right steps to secure compensation for any harm or loss you have suffered.

Are e-scooters legal in Scotland?

Whilst it is legal to purchase an e-scooter in Scotland, it is against the law to ride a privately owned e-scooter in any public place, including on pavements, roads and through parks. They can only be used on private land with permission from the landowner.

Furthermore, since e-scooters are classified as Personal Light Electric Vehicles, they are subject to the same legal requirements as other motor vehicles. They should be insured, comply with a variety of use and build requirements and the driver should have a valid licence. However, there is no legislation directly addressing e-scooters and, in reality, anyone can purchase one without a licence, training, or insurance.

Will e-scooters be legalised?

The UK government is currently trialling the use of e-scooters in a number of English cities, including London. Rental schemes are in place which allow e-scooters to be used on public roads, subject to local regulations. To rent a scooter, users must be over 18, have a category Q entitlement on their driving licence and complete an online training course. 

If these trials are successful, regulated rental schemes are likely to become more widespread. This would make it even more pressing for the government to address regulation for privately-owned e-scooters and how to legalise them for safe use in public spaces. 

What happens if you are injured by an e-scooter?

There have been countless incidents in recent years of e-scooter accidents leaving pedestrians with minor to serious injuries, including some that have been life-changing for the victims and, in a few cases, fatal. However, as many e-scooter drivers are uninsured, claiming for an injury can be difficult. 

If you have been involved in a collision, it is advisable to gather any evidence that could support a claim. Collect the details of any witnesses and photograph the scene of the accident, including any other vehicles involved. Photographs of injuries you have sustained are also useful. You may be able to gather CCTV evidence by speaking to local homeowners and businesses. You should also report the accident to the police and take note of the incident number.

Making a claim for an e-scooter injury

Many parties, including the Forum of Insurance Lawyers Scotland, have voiced concerns over the difficulty of making a claim for an e-scooter injury. With many riders travelling without insurance or registration plates, victims may find seeking compensation complicated and confusing.

However, it is by no means impossible to make a claim. For instance, a rider could be indemnified by their home or vehicle insurance. A specialist personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your situation and advise on your best course of action.

Contact our e-Scooter Personal Injury Lawyers, Edinburgh

The law on e-scooters in Scotland may still be unclear, but that does not mean that you are not entitled to justice. At Thorley Stephenson, we are experts in ensuring our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers are constantly monitoring changes in the law on e-scooters so they know exactly what can be done to help you if you are involved in an accident.

We offer a free initial interview in which we can advise you on whether you have a case and give you straightforward guidance on what to do next. To get your case underway, speak to us today. Please call 0131 341 2898 or complete our online enquiry form.

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