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Who is Responsible for an E-Scooter Accident?

Britain is set to see considerably more electric scooters in public areas in the near future, due to the surging popularity of the vehicles and signs that the government is set to legalise their personal use in the next 12 months. This means that the risk posed by irresponsible, inexperienced and incompetent e-scooter riders to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists will increase dramatically.

One of the current issues is the lack of clarity about where e-scooters are allowed to be ridden. For example, it is illegal to ride privately-owned e-scooters on roads, in cycle lanes and on pavements, but rental e-scooters can be used on roads and in cycle lanes. Under current legislation, e-scooters are limited to 15.5mph, however, thousands of people are flouting the law by riding privately-owned e-scooters that can easily exceed the speed limit, and also by riding them in prohibited public areas like roads, roundabouts, pavements, footpaths and shopping centres.

  • E-Scooter Accident Statistics
  • Legal Liability for E-Scooter Accidents
  • Solicitors Advising About Who is Liable for an E-Scooter Accident
The latest data shows there were eight deaths and 51 serious injuries caused by accidents involving e-scooters in the year up to mid-September 2021, and the number of accidents that go unreported or unrecorded for whatever reason is likely to be running into the thousands annually. With sales of the vehicles surging by 71% during the recent pandemic and police confiscating thousands of personal use e-scooters, these statistics are likely to get significantly worse before they get better as the country adapts to routine e-scooter use in public areas.

You can find out more about Department for Transport 2020 e-scooter accident statistics here.
So who is responsible for an e-scooter accident? If one of the vehicles is involved in an accident while riding above the 15.5mph speed limit, the rider will be breaking the law and therefore culpable. If an e-scooter is being ridden irresponsibly in a public space, for example, on a pavement, going the wrong way up a one-way street or riding through a red light, the rider will usually be responsible in the event of an accident.

Motorists may crash into an e-scooter if the rider pulls out in front of them suddenly, and if the rider’s actions made the accident unavoidable, the motorist would not be to blame. For collisions involving cyclists and e-scooter riders, liability will depend on the specific circumstances; in the event of a collision between an e-scooter and a pedestrian, the e-scooter rider will normally always be held responsible.

E-scooter riders are expected to have the same road sense and situational awareness as all other road users, and if they ride dangerously they will be legally liable for the consequences of accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists or motorists. Failure to stop will also aggravate an e-scooter rider’s culpability in the event of an accident.
If you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist and have been injured in an accident involving an e-scooter, contact our firm for expert legal advice from solicitors who are themselves cyclists with experience of e-scooters and e-bikes, and who have recently handled e-scooter accident compensation claims.

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