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Having never taken legal action before, I found Boyes Turner very helpful and diligent during my injury claim. When I moved to the USA during the case, they were still able to answer all of my concerns and keep me informed, giving me advice every step of the way. I would recommend Boyes Turner to anyone who is considering representation
E-scooters are classified as motor vehicles and can only legally be used in public places through the various e-scooter rental schemes currently being trialled in various locations across the UK. Under the current law, it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on any road, pavement, path, park or other public space. Most of the e-scooters on our roads are therefore unregulated and uninsured. Unlawful use of a private e-scooter can lead to fines and other penalties from criminal prosecution.
Accidents involving e-scooters are a rising cause of death and serious injury for their riders, other road users and pedestrians. In the UK, in 2021 alone, e-scooter accidents caused over 900 casualties. 40% of those involved head injury and other serious injuries, and 12 resulted in death.
Where someone is injured or killed in an e-scooter accident, as a result of the negligence of the rider or someone else, such as another driver, the injured person or their bereaved family may be entitled to compensation.
Claims involving e-scooters are complex and should be handled by specialist solicitors to ensure that, whatever the circumstances, the injured person obtains their full entitlement to compensation.
E-scooters can legally be rented, or sold and bought in the UK. Currently, they can only be used legally in a few specified ways. Different rules apply for e-scooters used under approved trial rental e-scooter schemes or for privately owned e-scooters.
The government has indicated that it intends to bring in a new Transport Bill later in 2022 which will create ‘powered personal transporters’ as a new category of vehicle. If that happens, e-scooters may be legalised, subject to new regulations for how, where and under what conditions they can legally be used.
Until the law changes, e-scooters are classed as motor vehicles, like cars, motorbikes and vans, and are subject to the same rules of the road and criminal penalties when those rules are broken. In practise, these rules mean that the only e-scooters which can legally be used on public roads are rental scheme e-scooters. The legal use of rental scheme e-scooters is strictly regulated and restricted to specific places.
E-scooters used on private land with the permission of the land-owner
The law allows the use of rental or private e-scooters on private land if the rider has the permission of the land-owner.
The only type of e-scooters that are legal to use on public roads or in other public spaces are e-scooters which are rented under an approved UK trial rental e-scooter scheme. The person renting the e-scooter must be at least 16 years old and have the correct driving licence and an account with the rental company.
The rental scooter can legally be used on private land with the land-owner’s permission or on a public road or cycle lane within the specific area approved by the rental e-scooter scheme. The rental e-scooter’s rider must have motor insurance (usually provided by the e-scooter rental provider) and must comply with road traffic laws and regulations.
E-scooter riders can be fined, receive penalty points on their licence and be prosecuted for committing criminal offenses such as riding the e-scooter:
If someone is injured by an e-scooter, the accident will be investigated by the police in the same way that it would be if the accident had been caused by the driver of a car or other motor vehicle.
The police may seize the e-scooter if it is ridden illegally or in an antisocial way.
Use of helmets and other protective or high visibility clothing are not compulsory whilst legally riding e-scooters under the current rules but are recommended. This is for the rider’s safety and also to ensure the e-scooter is visible to other road users.
If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident caused wholly or partly by someone else’s negligence, you can contact us here to find out more about your right to claim compensation.
Privately owned e-scooters can be used on private land if the e-scooter rider has the land-owner’s permission. It is against the law to use a privately owned e-scooter in any other way. Riding a private e-scooter illegally, such as on public roads or in public spaces, can lead to the rider being fined or receiving other penalties, such as points on their driving licence, or having the scooter seized or impounded.
E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles. Motor vehicles, such as cars, vans and motorbikes must have motor insurance. Currently, it is not possible to get motor insurance for privately owned e-scooters. This means that it is against the law to use a private e-scooter on the road or in public spaces.
If someone is injured by a private e-scooter, the accident will be investigated by the police in the same way that it would be if the accident had been caused by the driver of any other motor vehicle. Additionally, the rider of the e-scooter may also face criminal prosecution and penalties for riding a motor vehicle illegally and without insurance.
If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident caused wholly or partly by someone else’s negligence, you can contact us here to find out more about your right to claim compensation.
If you have suffered serious injury in an e-scooter accident that was wholly or partly caused by someone else’s negligence you may be entitled to substantial compensation.
We can obtain compensation for:
E-scooter accident claims require specialist solicitors who can advise you about how complex issues, such as uninsured riders, multiple or partial causes of the accident and severe or life-changing injuries affect your claim. We recommend that you contact our experienced solicitors who will be happy to advise you, free and confidentially, about your own entitlement to compensation.
If someone is injured whilst riding an e-scooter as a result of another driver’s negligence, the driver’s motor insurance company are responsible for paying compensation to anyone who was injured by their driver’s negligence.
If someone is injured whilst riding an e-scooter as a result of negligence of the highway authority or council, similarly their insurers will be responsible for paying compensation in any personal injury claim.
If a pedestrian or other road user is injured as a result of a rental e-scooter rider’s negligence, the rental e-scooter rider’s motor insurers will be responsible for paying compensation for injuries caused by their insured rider’s negligence.
Until the law changes, private e-scooters cannot be insured. Pedestrians or other road users who were injured as a result of a private e-scooter rider’s negligence may still be able to claim compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB).
Injury claims involving e-scooter accidents can be complex. We advise each client based on the individual circumstances of their accident. Contact us here to talk to one of our experienced personal injury solicitors, free and confidentially, to find out more about how we can help you make a claim.
Research by PACTS and The Road Safety Trust, based on reported casualties from accidents involving e-scooters in 2021, identified that e-scooter accidents often result in head, facial and severe or fatal injuries. This is due to a combination of the rider’s upright position and the e-scooter’s design which affects its stability when it meets changes in the road surface and when accelerating or braking.
Our specialist brain injury and major trauma have helped countless clients rehabilitate and recover compensation after road accidents have resulted in:
If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of somebody else’s negligence (breach of their duty of care), we may be able to help you make a claim for compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injury, we may also be able to help you claim compensation:
You can make a claim on behalf of:
The vast majority of our clients’ serious injury claims are settled without the need for a court hearing (trial). Our clients very rarely need to go to court.
Our personal injury specialists are highly experienced in investigating and assessing the strength of each client’s case. From the outset, and throughout the claim, we advise our clients clearly and honestly about their prospects of success.
Court proceedings are issued (started) in many cases but this does not mean that the case will end in a trial. There are many reasons why court proceedings might be issued:
We work hard to prove each client’s claim, based on evidence of the circumstances of their accident and the impact of their injury. We encourage cooperation with the defendant’s insurers and negotiate the best possible settlements for our clients. On the rare occasions when a claim cannot be settled without a court hearing, this will be because:
In the following circumstances, the law requires a judge to approve an out-of-court settlement, for the protection of those involved:
In these cases, the approval hearing will be a short hearing at which the lawyers for both parties explain the circumstances of the case and the settlement terms to the judge. In most cases our client will be expected to be in court during the hearing, accompanied and fully supported by members of our legal team.
The duration of a serious injury claim depends on the individual circumstances of the client’s case. Claims take less time to conclude if:
Claims are more complex and may take longer to resolve where:
Our nationally acclaimed serious injury specialists have helped hundreds of individuals and families whose lives have been devastated by accidents on the roads, at work, abroad or elsewhere. We understand the impact that a sudden, severe injury and its financial consequences can have on an individual and their family.
We work hard to secure cooperation with defendant insurers, to provide immediate needs assessments and timely funded rehabilitation for our clients to maximise their recovery in the all-important period immediately following an injury. Wherever possible we also secure interim payments to ease our clients’ financial hardship long before their claims have concluded.
By taking the time that is needed for the client’s rehabilitation and the careful assessment of their long-term needs, we can be confident that each client receives the full support and the compensation they deserve.
The amount of compensation that an injured person receives in a personal injury claim depends on a number of individual factors:
Depending on the client’s injury and the way it affects their life, their claim may include compensation for:
Compensation is carefully structured to make the best provision for the injured person’s needs. There are rules protecting compensation for children or adults who lack mental capacity. Compensation may be paid in one or more of the following ways:
An interim payment is a part-payment of compensation which is paid to the injured person, in advance, whilst the claim is ongoing. We can usually secure an interim payment from the defendant’s insurer where they have admitted liability (accepted fault) for our client’s injury.
We use interim payments to help the injured person and their family, who may be suffering financial hardship as a result of the injury. Where insurers are not willing to provide Rehabilitation Code funding, we sometimes obtain interim payments to ensure that our client receives the rehabilitation, case management and therapies that they need straight away.
Interim payments may be used to meet any genuine need, but it is important that the injured person and their family understand that the sums that they have already received as interim payments are deducted from their final compensation at the end of the claim.
Depending on the client’s injury, an interim payment may help meet their needs for:
By understanding and targeting provision for our clients’ rehabilitation and other essential needs early in the claims process, we help restore our clients’ mobility, independence and ability to participate fully in family and social life, long before the claim has concluded.
If you, or someone in your family has been seriously injured in an accident that was somebody else’s fault, you may be entitled to make a claim. If this feels daunting, alongside everything else that you are coping with in the aftermath of an accident, it may help to remember that:
The easiest way to get started is to talk to one of our friendly, experienced solicitors. You can talk to us free and confidentially about your potential claim, with no obligation, by contacting us here.
If you decide that you want to go ahead with making a claim, we will gather as much evidence as we can to support your claim. This evidence may include:
We will also contact the defendant and their insurers to begin working towards meeting your immediate needs and settlement of the claim.
It costs nothing to talk to us to find out about making a claim. Our initial advice is free.
When you first contact us we advise you whether we can help you make a claim. We discuss how your claim will be funded, and advise, fully and clearly, how that works and what it will mean for you.
We offer a range of funding options, but the majority of our clients’ claims are handled on a conditional fee agreement (CFA) basis, often known as ‘no win no fee’. This means that there is nothing to pay at the outset or until the claim is settled and you receive compensation. If you win your claim, the defendant’s insurer makes a contribution towards your legal costs. You pay nothing if your claim does not succeed.
Our personal injury lawyers are specialists in catastrophic and severe injury compensation claims. Our clients have often suffered life-changing injury resulting in permanent disability. Our aim is to assist their recovery by securing funded rehabilitation whilst supporting them in adjusting to the changes to their lives and securing compensation to meet their needs in the future.
Our clients usually have suffered one or more of the following:
A personal injury is an injury to the body. Sometimes the physical injury or the circumstances in which that injury was suffered also leads to a psychiatric or psychological injury.
When someone is injured as a result of another person or organisation’s breach of their duty of care (negligence), the injured person may be entitled to claim compensation for their injury and its financial consequences. The claim for compensation is made against the person or organisation that was responsible for the injury and is usually met by their insurer. The legal process of claiming compensation for injuries that are caused by negligence is known as a personal injury claim.
Boyes Turner’s personal injury team specialise in claims involving severe or catastrophic injury. Most of our clients have been injured in road traffic accidents (RTAs) and accidents at work.
For compensation claims relating to injuries which occurred in England or Wales the general rule is that court proceedings must be issued (formally started) within three years of the date of the injury. In most cases, before a claim can be issued work must be carried out to investigate the claim, notify the defendant and the insurance company against whom the claim is being made and obtain a medical report to support the claim. The sooner you contact us after an injury has occurred, the sooner we can begin to help you, and the better we can investigate and prepare your claim.
Longer time limits apply to children whose three-year time period only begins to run from the age of 18, meaning that their time limit expires when they reach the age of 21. As with adults, however, the sooner you contact us after your child’s serious injury, the sooner we can start helping the child and obtain financial help via the claim.
Time limits do not apply for those who lack mental capacity. Where an injured person’s mental capacity is uncertain, we work closely with our Court of Protection team to determine whether our client has capacity to bring their own claim. As with other claims, it is always advisable to contact us as soon as possible after the injury, to ensure that evidence can be preserved, rehabilitation started (where needed) and financial help secured via the claim.
In exceptional circumstances the court may extend the time limit (or limitation deadline).
Where the claimant could not have known that an injury had occurred until after the deadline for making the claim, the deadline is three years from the ‘date of knowledge’ (when the claimant first knew that they had suffered an injury). Asbestos-related disease claims, where symptoms of disease first appear decades after the exposure to asbestos, usually have limitation deadlines based on the ‘date of knowledge’.
If the injury occurred in an accident abroad, the law of the country where the accident happened will determine the time limit for making a claim. These time limits vary from country to country and can be much shorter than the deadlines in England and Wales. If you have suffered a serious injury that was not your fault whilst working, travelling, studying or on holiday abroad, you should contact us for advice straight away.
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“Thanks for everything. It’s been very nice to be able to put it all behind us and try to move forward. I cannot thank you and Boyes Turner for all you have done for me. It goes without saying I would always recommend Boyes Turner. I couldn’t have done it without your support.”
Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of myself and my family. You were recommended to us by a close friend back in 2017 and I will certainly recommend you again. You’ve been amazing and very reassuring considering how complicated I made things at times. It’s been one of the hardest times of my life but I was glad I had you on the end of the phone. It’s a surreal feeling now it’s all over but very relieved you got us the best outcome and I can’t thank you enough.
Through my dealings with Claire as my representative in a personal injury claim, I have been extremely grateful for her professionalism and attention to detail.
I believe going above and beyond to help accommodate my needs and explain everything in a way that I could understand. Working around timing for video calls and zoom meetings with myself and my mum, often on weekends and evenings. We always knew she was just a phone call away to answer any questions we had and if she didn’t have the answer then it would be found out for us. Once the claim was settled, she has still offered her support and provided contacts to do with my injury fund and further surgery I need.
Claire was very much the lynchpin in achieving settlement of a complex case. From the outset Claire ensured steps were taken to manage both rehabilitation and legal/case requirements in the correct sequence; this included the early appointment of a case manager.
In addition Claire has been a great support throughout a very emotional and difficult period in our lives.
After being involved in a Road Accident I enlisted the services of Boyes Turner to help settle our compensation claim for damages and ongoing injuries that I incurred as a result. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Their ongoing support throughout an extremely stressful ordeal was second to none. I suffered multiple injuries and they organised all my ongoing medical needs both physically and mentally, to help aid my recovery and rehabilitation. They managed my case with the utmost professionalism, concluding it satisfactorily so that I can move forward with my life and recovery. Thank you to Claire and her team for their amazing ongoing support and work with handling my case, in a time of great stress and uncertainty. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family.
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