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How much compensation can I claim for a scooter accident?

By Stephen Hudson. Last Updated 7th April 2022. In this guide, we’ll discuss how scooter accident claims work and when you may be able to start such a claim. Scooter riders (including e-scooter users) are among the more vulnerable users of public roads. While certain road users, including car and van drivers, are protected by features such as seat belts and airbags, scooter riders do not benefit from this type of protection. If you have been involved in a scooter accident that led to minor or major injuries, you may be entitled to compensation if the incident was not your fault.

At Legal Expert, we have many years of experience in the personal claims industry, and we have helped many people to get the compensation that they deserve for a moped or scooter accident. We can also advise on making a valid claim following an e-scooter crash. In this guide, you will discover everything you need to know about making a claim. Nevertheless, if you still have any questions by the time you have finished reading, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

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A definitive guide to scooter accident claims

In this claims guide, we will reveal everything that you need to know about making moped injury claims. We know that there is a lot of misinformation on the Internet regarding compensation claims within the United Kingdom, which is why we have put together a collection of useful guides so that anyone who needs to make a compensation claim knows exactly what they could be entitled to and what is entailed.

So, if you read on you will find lots of useful information, including the dangers of driving a moped, scooter compensation stories, the average scooter accident compensation payouts, how to make a claim for moped injury compensation, and much more. We also provide a number of useful links at the end of the guide if you need further information.

Plus, our personal injury number can be found at the end of the guide as well, and we would be happy to answer any sort of questions you may have or, of course, help you to begin the claim process for the compensation that you deserve.

What is a scooter accident?

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Before we look into personal injury claims, let’s first look at what these accidents are.

Scooter accidents are classed as any type of incident that involves a scooter. You could be the person riding on the scooter or it could be that someone else was using a scooter and has crashed into you. This also includes accidents that have occurred when you have been taking a driving lesson.

From collisions with and other objects to hitting a cyclist or a pedestrian, the sort of accidents that may occur vary considerably.

Statistics on scooter accidents

In this section of our claims guide, we’re going to look at some statistics related to road traffic accidents (RTAs) involving mobility scooters and e-scooters.

Moped scooter accident statistics

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed that in 2016 the number of deaths that occurred on Britain’s roads due to mobility scooter accidents was 14 while there were also 61 serious accidents. It goes without saying that individuals riding on motorbikes, scooters, and such like are some of the most vulnerable on the roads today.

More recently released statistics show that in 2018, 13 people in vehicles died on Britain’s roads because of mobility scooter accidents. A further 64 people in vehicles suffered what were considered serious injuries because of such incidents.

Electric scooter accident statistics

The Department for Transport has published a factsheet on road accidents in Britain involving electric scooters throughout 2020. Findings for this particular year include the following:

  • There was a total of 460 road traffic accidents involving e-scooters during 2020.
  • 484 casualties were reported because of the RTAs. 384 of these casualties were e-scooter users. More than 50 casualties were pedestrians.
  • 1 of the casualties reported was an e-scooter death (specifically an e-scooter user). Over 100 of the casualties suffered serious injuries and over 200 experienced slight injuries.

If you have questions about potentially hiring a mobility scooter accident lawyer or making a e-scooter claim, you can contact our advisors here at Legal Expert.

What are the rules of the road for scooter and moped drivers?

Next in our claims guide, we’ll outline some relevant legislation.

There are a number of rules in place that scooter and moped drivers need to adhere to in the United Kingdom. In order to ride a moped, you need to secure a provisional licence first and then complete a CBT. The way in which moped entitlement is printed onto your licence has changed. Nevertheless, you still need to be 16 years old at least to drive a moped.

Are mopeds safe for 16-year-olds? Well, the law states that this is the minimum age allowance, but as a parent it is up to you whether you want your child to have one at this age. If you already have a car driving licence, you will be able to ride a moped without L plates, so long as it is up to 50cc. In some situations, you will not need to take a moped test.

The rules do differ depending on whether you passed your test before or after February 1st 2001, so it is important to check this out before proceeding. You can find more information about this by visiting the UK government website.

How to establish fault in an accident

When launching claims, the most important aspect is being able to establish who is responsible for the incident. If you are to blame for what has happened, you will not be able to make your claim. You need to show that someone else has acted carelessly or negligently and this has resulted in your injuries.

If you are partly to blame for what has happened, you may still be entitled to compensation, although the amount you receive will be a lot lower in order to reflect the fact that you are partly to blame for the incident.

Do I have grounds to make scooter accident claims?

Firstly, it’s important to emphasise that every case is different. Therefore, if you want to learn more about your rights in this situation, get in touch with us today for a free consultation. In the meantime, the following checklist could help you determine whether you could have grounds to make a personal injury claim:

  1. A third party owed you a duty of care by law
  2. Which they failed to uphold to you
  3. And you suffered as a result of this failure

Usually, this checklist can be used to determine whether you suffered as a result of third-party negligence. In most cases, this would give you grounds to make a claim for compensation.

Common accidents for scooter riders

There are a number of different types of accidents that can happen involving scooter riders. Let’s take a look at some scooter injury claim examples:

  • Someone else was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding
  • Debris or dead animals in the road
  • Uneven pavement
  • Potholes
  • Careless driving
  • Someone running into the road

What to do immediately after a scooter accident

Here are a few steps that could help if you find yourself in this situation:

  • Get medical attention
  • Call the police if the incident involved criminal activity or is blocking the road
  • Take photographs of the scene
  • Get the other driver’s contact information
  • Get witness contact information

Common injuries for scooter accidents

There are a number of different type of injuries that can be sustained during a scooter accident. This includes the following:

  • Leg injury
  • Bikers arm
  • Muscle damage
  • Road rush
  • Head injury
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of hands, fingers, feet and other limbs
  • Nerve damage
  • Back injury
  • Spinal cord injury or neck injury
  • Death

It is important to note that if someone you love has been involved in a fatal incident, you may have grounds to make a claim on their behalf by acting as a litigation friend. Moreover, if you have sustained an injury that has not been listed above, you will still be able to make claim. This is merely a handful of some of the most common motorcycle injury claim examples in the UK.

I was knocked off my scooter – will I be able to claim compensation?

Yes, if you have been knocked off your scooter and accident was not your fault, you will be able to claim compensation for what has happened. Nevertheless, it is imperative that you are to establish blame if you are to secure compensation for being knocked off a scooter.

For example, if you were riding on the roads, and someone in a vehicle crashed into you because they were speeding, then you will be able to launch a claim. However, if you were knocked off your because you were speeding or driving carelessly, then you will not be able to make your claim for compensation.

Mobility scooter accidents – can I claim?

Are you wondering whether you could make a claim?

As discussed in an earlier paragraph, while mobility scooter accidents are rare, they do happen. If you have been involved in a mobility scooter accident and someone else is to blame for what has happened, you will be able to make a claim for compensation. As is the case with all claims, it is all about establishing responsibility. Therefore, if you can show that someone else caused the accident you have been involved in it, you will be able to make a claim.

For example, if you were injured due to an unmarked pothole in the road, then you may be able to make a claim against the council in your area. Some mobility scooter accidents also occur due to faults with the scooter itself. If this is the case, then you will be able to make a product liability claim against the manufacturer.

What type of compensation will my scooter accident get me?

When launching claims, there are a number of different things that you can claim for, this includes the likes of general damages, medical expenses, travel expenses, loss of earnings, and care costs. With regards to general damages, this is the motorcycle accident compensation payouts that you will receive for the pain and suffering you have experienced.

It is important to be aware of the fact that you can claim for psychological injury as well as physical damages. Aside from this, you can claim for any of the expenses you have had to suffer because of your accident. After all, we all know that accidents can be expensive, often resulting in time spent off work, as well as other costs, including child care expenses and the cost of treatment.

Time limits on scooter accident claims

As is the case for most cases involving personal injury claims, there is a time limit for moped accident claims, which you need to be aware of. This time limit is 3 years from the time the accident occurred. This means that you will have 3 years in order to start your claim.

However, it is not advisable to wait around for a number of reasons. First of all, court proceedings need to be within this three-year time limit. Not only this, but you are going to find it much simpler to make a claim the more swiftly that you do. Usually the details of what has happened will be much clearer to remember. Not only this, but it’s going to be much easier for you to pull together any evidence.

After all, if you wait 3 years to make a claim for compensation for your injury, witnesses may not remember the event, or they may have moved address or changed their telephone number, and you may not be able to get in touch with them. This could seriously damage the chances of you getting the full amount of compensation that you deserve. Therefore, the best thing to do is always to claim as soon as you can.

How much compensation will I see for my scooter claim?

Motorbike accident compensation – how much will I get? Scooter accident compensation – how much will I get? One thing that most people, understandably, want to know is how much compensation they are going to receive for the accident that they have been involved in.

First and foremost, it is important to stress that every case is handled on an individual basis. Therefore, although you may have come across a scooter accident compensation calculator or a motorbike accident compensation calculator on the Internet, it is vital to understand that these tools only ever provide an extremely rough estimate as to the figure you could receive.

No solicitor has the ability to predict the amount of compensation you will get, however, they can provide you with estimates. In this compensation calculator style table, we have put together a list of some of the most common injuries that are suffered in scooter accidents, as well as the average claim payout victims have received according to the Judicial College Guidelines. This will give you a good idea regarding the sort of figure you are looking at.

Injury TypeTypical Award BracketAny Further Information
Very severe brain damage£264,650 to £379,100Full-time nursing care and little, if any, meaningful response.
Moderately severe brain injury£205,580 to £264,650Life expectancy may have bee reduced. The person will be very seriously disabled.
Moderate Brain Damage£140,870 to £205,580
Less Severe Brain Damage£14,380 to £40,410The extent of depression and personality change as well as the initial injury and prognosis will determine the payout amount.
Loss of both legs£225,960 to £264,650Above knee amputation
£189,110 to £253,480Below knee amputation
Loss of one leg£98,380 to £129,010Above knee amputation
£91,950 to £124,800Below knee amputation
Back injuries£85,470 to £151,070Severe cases

If you are unable to find the accident or injury that you have been affected by in the table above, please do not worry, as you can still launch a claim. If you would like further information regarding the average payout for the sort of accident that you have been involved in, you can give our friendly legal team a call for more information.

No Win No Fee scooter accident claims explained

When you are looking for a solicitor to handle your case there are a number of different things that you need to consider. Of course, you need an experienced solicitor, as well as someone that has a great track record for handling these sort of cases. Nevertheless, one thing that you will certainly want to know is how much you are going to have to pay for the service. It is important to recognise that solicitors in the United Kingdom work to different payment structures.

There are some solicitors, for example, that charge per hour and there are some that are charge on No Win No Fee basis. At Legal Expert, we are proud to fall into the latter camp. This means that when you use our service you only pay if your case results in success. Before the case starts, you and your solicitor will agree on a percentage that the solicitor will take from your compensation as legal fees if the case is successful. This means that if the case is not successful, there is no compensation, and the solicitor, therefore, does not take anything.

This payment structure is extremely beneficial for the claimant because it ensures that you only pay for a successful service and that you will not be out of pocket by making a claim for the scooter accident you have been involved in.

It is also worth noting that there are a number of other knock on benefits that are associated with this sort of claims service. This includes the fact that a No Win No Fee solicitor will only take on a case that he or she believes has a genuine chance of securing compensation. After all, you do not get a second chance to launch a case for compensation for an injury, and so it is vital that you get it right first time.

Why call us for advice on scooter accident claims?

You may be wondering why you should choose Legal Expert when there are lots of different legal services in the UK. Let us explain why we believe we are the best in the industry. Firstly, we have many years of experience and we have handled a large number of claims of this nature. We always treat our customers well, and we appreciate the fact that you were going through an incredibly difficult time at the moment.

This is why we always strive to ensure the claim process is as quick and smooth as possible. We will handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry. The only thing you need to focus on is getting better. As already mentioned, no matter whether you are seeking compensation for being knocked off motorbike or for a faulty scooter, all of our claims are 100% No Win No Fee, and we also handle everything on a confidential basis.

Getting started on your scooter accident claim

If you feel ready to get started with your scooter accident claim, all you should do is get in touch with Legal Experts today:

If you have any questions about the claim process itself or anything to do with your scooter accidents, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Are mopeds safe to ride? Does a motorcycle accident affect car insurance? We are happy to answer any question!

Our team is very friendly, and we have helped many people to started with a claim. The advice we provide is free of charge and there is no obligation to continue with our service, so you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.

Scooter Accident Claims FAQs

What is the minimum age requirement to ride a scooter?

In this UK, riders age 16 and over can obtain a licence for standard mopeds with a speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h.

How long can I make a claim after an accident?

The typical time limit for making a personal injury claim is 3 years. This is effective from either the accident date or date of knowledge.

Can I claim on behalf of my child?

You could make a claim on behalf of someone else, such as your child, by acting as a litigation friend. If your child is injured before their 18th birthday, they won’t be able to make legal proceedings until they come of age, so you may wish to act on their behalf to secure them the compensation they deserve.

Should I get a solicitor?

There isn’t any legal requirement for claimants to have solicitors but having a professional handle your case can ensure that it has the best chances of succeeding.

Where can I get a solicitor?

At Legal Expert, we work with a panel of specialist solicitors that always handle cases on a No Win No Fee basis. You can connect with them from the comfort of your own home, so there’s no need to search your local high street for a law firm near you.

Should I accept first offer of compensation?

If you work with our panel, they’ll handle each step of your claims process on your behalf. You can trust their advice on settlement offers and the like as they have over 30 years of experience in the industry.

How much compensation could I claim?

As every claim is different, we couldn’t give you an estimated payout without learning more about your case. Therefore, please get in touch today for a free consultation.

How can I contact Legal Expert?

Please refer to our earlier section on how to get in touch for options of contact information. In the meantime, why not use our handy live chat feature?

Helpful links

What to do if you’re in an accident

Does a scooter accident affect car insurance? Clicking above takes you to the UK Government website where you will see information on vehicle insurance, including the details you need to get if you have been involved in an accident, as well as advice for those who have been involved in an incident with an uninsured driver.

Stats on road safety

Here you will find a collection of all of the UK Government publications that have been published regarding road accidents and road traffic safety in the United Kingdom.

Road Traffic Act

You can read the Road Traffic Act 1988 to find out more about the legislation that is currently in place in the UK for road users.

Motorcycle accident claims

Our guide on how to make a personal injury claim after a motorcycle accident.

Who is liable for a multi-car pile-up?

Our guide on how to determine who’s liable for a multi-car pile-up.

Claims against the council 

Our guide on how to make a claim against your local council or authority.

If you would like to speak to an advisor about scooter accident claims, then you can do so by contacting Legal Expert. You can reach us by using the contact details included within this guide.

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