Lawyer demands e-scooter reform as illegal driver files injury claim | News
An electric scooter driver injured when passed by a London bus could be a test case for establishing liability rules for accidents involving illegally driven vehicles on public roads.
London firm Bolt Burdon Kemp, representing the man, said the outcome of the case should go some way in determining the legal rights of runners.
The firm’s client, a man in his 50s, suffered multiple rib fractures, a dislocated right shoulder and a collapsed lung when he came into contact with the rearview mirror of a bus l ‘last summer.
The law states that a private electric scooter – as opposed to those that can be hired through official programs – can only be driven on private land. This would appear to prevent anyone driving an injured person on the public highway from filing a complaint against a motorist.
BBK associate attorney Ben Pepper said his client was wearing a high-visibility jacket and helmet when the incident occurred and took reasonable precautions to safely ride his electric scooter. He said The temperature that a cyclist with similar injuries could claim compensation and asked why the situation was different for someone on an electric scooter.
Pepper added, “We hope this case will help clarify the legal situation of those injured in electric scooter crashes where the private electric scooter was traveling on a public road. But we really urgently need new legislation and We call on the government to implement laws to make electric scooters safer for drivers and other road users and to provide injured people with access to compensation.
Last month, the Department for Transport estimated that 750,000 private electric scooters belonged to all of England, based on the results of a survey by its Transport Technology Tracker.
There were 484 fatalities in reported road crashes involving at least one electric scooter vehicle in Britain in 2020. Information held by the DfT tentatively indicates that 530 fatalities were reported in the first six months of 2021 .
In July last year, the government wrote to retailers fearing they would provide clear, visible and consistent information to ensure customers understand the law.
Research by the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety found that over a four-week period in June last year in Bristol, 90 people reported to the city’s emergency services after incidents with electric scooters . Of those, 80% said they used rented devices, but PACTS said fear of lawsuits may have deterred drivers from being honest about it.