E-scooter laws questioned after legal challenge and 'concerning' increase in accidents – Express

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A man in his fifties suffered a host of injuries last year when he was clipped by the wing mirror of a London bus. It is believed this accident could set a precedent for any accidents which could occur in the future where e-scooters are involved.
The man suffered multiple fractured ribs, a dislocated right shoulder and a collapsed lung, followed by pneumonia.
He had an extended stay in hospital and still has limited arm movements and suffers from chest pain.
It is reported he is now seeking tens of thousands of pounds of compensation from the bus company’s insurers.
It is still unknown how legal scenarios will work when it comes to private e-scooters, which are only legally allowed to be used on private land.
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The man was wearing a hi-visibility jacket and a helmet when the collision happened.
This comes as new research has shown there were as many crashes involving e-scooters in the first half of last year as in the whole of 2020 in London.
Between January and June 2021, 258 collisions were recorded, compared with 266 in the whole of 2020.
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The Met Police also seized more than 3,600 privately owned e-scooters during 2021.
Jo Pizzala, Partner at Plexus Law, commented on what the figures show and how riders may be found responsible in the future.
Speaking with Express.co.uk, she said: “The numbers released to date concerning accidents involving e-scooters are concerning and are likely to represent a fraction of the reality.
“All of the fatal accidents involving e-scooters last year have involved unlicensed, privately owned e scooters. 
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“Incidents involving scooters outside of the legally hired schemes are more likely to go unreported if the rider of the e-scooter does not stop or cannot be traced.
“The Department of Transport trials will not reflect the reality of the day-to-day use of the high volume of illegal users and incidents if it concentrates only on results of the legal hire trials.
“There will always be those who act against the law and then seek redress for their own behaviour. 
“Wearing a hi-visibility jacket and a helmet does not negate the fact that these vehicles are illegal on public roads in the UK if being ridden outside of one of the hire schemes.The UK's most dangerous regions.“If an e-scooter rider is hit by a bus, car or lorry a hi-vis jacket and helmet offer very little in terms of physical protection to the user.
“Insurers will rightly continue to deny responsibility for people involved in motor accidents where illegal use of any mode of transport is involved in order to protect the premiums of normal law-abiding road users.”
E-scooters are classed as “powered transporters” and meet the legal definition of a “motor vehicle” although they do not have some features which are required to be considered road legal.
This includes visible rear red lights, number plates or adequate signalling ability.
They are considered to be in the same category as segways, hoverboards, go-peds (combustion engine-powered kick scooters), powered unicycles, and u-wheels.
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