Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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E-scooter injuries: “I am not happy being a statistic”

27 Jun 2022
APIL news

A Nottingham-based campaign group is dedicating Injury Prevention Week (starting today, 27 June) to e-scooter safety. It comes after a local woman was killed following a collision with an e-scooter earlier this month.

“Up to three quarters of a million more e-scooters will be on the roads if the Government lifts the ban on riding privately-owned e-scooters in public areas,” said John McQuater, president of APIL, a nationwide not-for-profit campaign group which hosts Injury Prevention Week (27 June -1 July) every summer.

“The number of collisions has already shot up by 181 per cent in a year* and we’ve not even had an influx of the privately-owned ones yet,” John explained.

The Government has indicated that it intends to run a public consultation** about measures for the use of private e-scooters. Currently, only e-scooters in the rental schemes are legal to ride in public places.

“We’re using Injury Prevention Week to highlight what needs to happen to make e-scooters safe for everyone. This is not just about the riders, as a quarter of injuries involving e-scooters are suffered by pedestrians and other road users,” John explained.

“These forward-thinking measures could go a long way to preventing needless, and sometimes life-changing, injuries and deaths,” he said.

“E-scooters in the rental schemes are limited to a top speed of 12.5mph. This should be the same for ones owned privately but measures need to be in place to make sure that tampering with the e-scooter’s speed capabilities after purchase won’t be tolerated,” he went on.

“We are urging the Government to enforce a minimum rider age of 16, to tie in with the law for riding a moped. And if someone does not already have a full or provisional driving licence, they should be subject to a compulsory proficiency test.

“Education and training about e-scooters should be included as part of the motor driving test. All road users need to be clear about safe passing distances and rights of way.

“It also needs to be a requirement to wear a helmet. Head injuries, along with broken bones, are the most common types of injuries in e-scooter collisions,” John concluded.

Case study

Richard* was hit by an e-scooter as he was leaving his job in a warehouse in Nottingham to go home at the end of his shift.

The 40-year-old was hit by a woman riding a privately owned e-scooter. He suffered multiple injuries including a fractured toe and injuries to his neck, shoulder and back.

 

At the time of the collision, he had two jobs - a warehouse operative and delivery driver. Richard’s injuries have forced him to have almost four months off all work and he has only been able to return to one of the two jobs.

 

He said: “My view is that e-scooters should be illegal unless drivers pass an appropriate test and are insured. At the moment they are an untaxed and unsafe nuisance that harm innocent people. The majority of e-scooter users that I see, even ones using legal hire scooters are not wearing helmets and many look unsafe. They are not just putting others at risk, but also themselves.

 

“I am just one of thousands of people injured by e-scooters. I am not happy being a statistic. There needs to be proper safety measures put in place.”

 

Phil Liptrot, a road traffic specialist at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “The law surrounding e-scooters needs to be clarified urgently.  As a minimum there should be compulsory testing and insurance to raise safety standards and ensure that people injured by scooters through no fault of their own can claim compensation more quickly.”

 

*not his real name.

 

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Notes for editors:

  • The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is a not-for-profit campaign group which has been committed to injured people for more than 30 years. Our vision is of a society without needless injury but, when people are injured, they receive the justice they need to rebuild their lives.  We have more than 3,200 members who are committed to supporting the association’s aims, and all are signed up to APIL’s code of conduct and consumer charter.  Membership comprises mostly solicitors, along with barristers, legal executives, paralegals and some academics.
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