Many people both young and old ride scooters nowadays. They’re a great way to get around, take a lot less energy than a bicycle and are less expensive than a car or motorbike.
Even though you may be travelling at a slower speed, however, you can still have an accident and suffer a serious injury. If this has happened to you and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
As with motorbikes, scooter riders are quite exposed, and injuries can range from the obvious whiplash to broken bones and even fatalities. Your injury might mean you have to take time off work to recover. You might even be left with a disability which means you need help with physiotherapy as well as assistance at home. The team at Accinet are experts in Personal Injury law and easy to talk to when you call.
The Causes of Scooter Injuries
Most scooter accidents are caused by another driver or road user. Perhaps you were travelling along a busy road and another motorist didn’t see you in time, knocking you off your scooter.
This is not the only cause of scooter accidents we see, however.
If you are on a poorly maintained road and, for example, hit a pothole and come off your bike, it can cause significant injury. Organisations like the local council or the landowner themselves have a duty of care to make sure that roads are properly maintained and repaired. You might have suffered an injury because there was a defect in your scooter or a problem with your helmet. There may be a case for taking out a claim if the level of injury was compounded by the equipment you were using.
Whatever the cause of your accident, it’s important to get legal advice at the earliest opportunity. You may have other things on your mind, of course, especially if you are still getting over the accident. Compensation can be awarded not just to help you with your financial costs but also because of the emotional or psychological damage that may have been caused. In most cases, claims will follow a simple process.
The first is to decide whether you were owed a duty of care. For example, if you were struck by a motorist, they will have had a duty of care to drive safely to other road users and to be vigilant. It might be that they didn’t see you or didn’t give you enough room when overtaking.
The next part of any claim is to show that the duty of care you were owed was broken and whether these caused your injuries.
Making a Claim for Scooter Injuries
The good news is that personal injury claims are usually handled by your legal team on a no win no fee basis. That means they will not charge any fees unless and until the claim has been successfully settled in your favour. The fee, once this has been done, is usually a percentage of the final award which is agreed beforehand.
It’s important to reach out to a personal injury solicitor if you have been involved in an accident on your scooter that wasn’t your fault. Most legal teams will also offer a free legal consultation to listen to your claim, whether or not they decide to eventually take on your case.