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If you have been injured whilst riding your scooter and someone else was at fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
In a similar way to motorbike accidents, scooter accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, even at relatively low speeds. The minimal protection which scooters provide to their riders means that injuries can vary widely. They can range from whiplash, other soft-tissue injuries, and broken bones, all the way up to brain damage or even fatal injuries.
Being injured in a scooter accident is bad enough, but it can lead you to suffer other harm. Suffering psychological symptoms following a road traffic accident is common and can be just as debilitating as a physical injury. Also, your beloved scooter may be damaged beyond repair, seriously affecting your ability to travel.
Scooter accidents frequently involve a collision with another road-user. However, there are other situations in which an accident can occur. These include:
- Accidents caused by poorly-maintained roads or the presence of other hazards such as spillages. Often this will involve making a claim against whoever is responsible for maintaining the road or keeping it safe or against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
- Injuries suffered as a result of defective safety equipment.
- Accidents caused by defective parts of your scooter.
Regardless of how your scooter accident may have occurred, if you have suffered due to the negligence of someone else then you are legally and morally entitled to claim compensation. Truth Legal can help you every step of the way in securing this compensation.
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There are several steps to establishing your personal injury claim. By law, you must prove:
- There was a duty of care – Whoever you are claiming against must have owed a duty of care towards you. Road-users owe duties of care to one another so this is rarely a problem in scooter accident claims.
- This duty was breached – The party you are claiming from must have failed in their duty of care. An example would be a motorist pulling out from a side road without properly checking if it was safe to do so.
- Causation – The breach mentioned above must have caused your injuries and other losses. To continue the previous example, if the motorist who pulled out from the side road collided with your scooter, any injuries you sustain from the collision can be said to have been caused by the motorist’s breach of duty.
- Reasonable injuries and losses – The compensation you are claiming must be reasonable. Excessive amounts or losses you incurred without a reasonable basis will be very difficult to recover.
Successfully establishing your scooter claim can be challenging, although much depends on whether the party from whom you are claiming seeks to dispute any parts of your case. With experienced specialist solicitors acting for you, however, the chances of securing the right compensation are much greater.
Truth Legal tries to help people wherever possible by acting on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. For accidents which were not your fault, we can usually offer a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement.
In the vast majority of situations, a ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreement means you will not have to pay our fees if we do not succeed in securing compensation for you.
Upon a successful outcome, often some of our fees are paid by a portion of your compensation award. This is the normal way in which ‘No Win No Fee’ agreements operate. It is also usual for most of our fees to be paid by the other party or their insurers.
How a claim is funded is always explained in more detail before a claim begins. You can find more information on ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreements here.
Further Information on scooter accident claims
At Truth Legal, we offer free initial consultation sessions with no obligation to proceed further. If you would like to discuss your case, or to find out more about making a scooter accident claim, please contact us.
Claiming compensation following an accident is a way of taking positive action against the harm you have suffered. Whilst you can’t literally ‘undo’ the accident, you can obtain some financial redress for your injuries, and for the other losses you have suffered.
The unfortunate fact is that you will experience the consequences of the accident even if you do not make a claim. Claiming compensation may not be perfect, but it is often the only practical way of fixing the wrong you have suffered.
A compensation claim can also allow you:
- Quicker access to treatment, helping with your recovery. Treatment funded by the other party’s insurers or through a medical agency can avoid the wait for NHS treatment or mean you do not have to pay privately yourself.
- Financial help at a time when you may be worried about income. In certain circumstances, you can receive compensation payments whilst your claim is ongoing. These are called ‘interim payments’.
- Recover money to which you are entitled – If you can establish your claim successfully (see below) then you are legally entitled to be compensated for your losses.
You should always choose your legal representatives yourself when making a personal injury claim. You have to be sure that your solicitors are ‘right’ for you and your claim. You need skilled professionals that you trust.
At Truth Legal, our team of fully-qualified and experienced solicitors and Legal Executives have the abilities to recover the maximum compensation you deserve. We pride ourselves on providing an ethical, honest service to all of our clients. We are based in Harrogate with a presence in York, Manchester, and London. Find out more about our team of experts.
If you have already started a claim, you may find that your case has been assigned to a law firm you haven’t chosen. This is common practice for insurance companies or claims management companies. But if claiming compensation is important to you, why leave this crucial decision to others? The quality of your solicitors can make a huge difference to the success of your claim, as well as how smoothly it proceeds.
Truth Legal can take over the handling of your claim if you are unhappy with the service or quality of your current legal representatives. Switching solicitors to Truth Legal is a straightforward process.
However, if your claim has already been settled, it cannot be re-opened. If you feel that your legal representatives did not deal with your case properly, you may be able to bring a claim against them for professional negligence.
In general, legal time limits mean that you only have 3 years from the date of the accident in which to make your personal injury claim. If you do not settle your claim or start court proceedings within that time, you will usually no longer be able to claim compensation for your accident.
Some exceptions may apply to these general rules but it is always recommended that you start your claim as soon as possible.
If you have been involved in a scooter accident and wish to know more about these time limits, contact us right away to discuss your situation.
Accidents can cause many other losses besides your injuries. Riding your scooter may have been a passion for you before the accident but this enjoyment has been affected, whether physically or psychologically, your compensation claim should reflect this.
Other losses could include damage to your scooter itself, your clothing, helmet, and other damaged items.
In general, you can include losses in your claim which have been caused by the accident or as a consequence of your injuries. Common losses include:
- Travel expenses – such as taxi fares or mileage.
- Medical expenses and treatment costs – such as physiotherapy or the costs of a wheelchair.
- Lost earnings – such as reductions in your normal income or lost bonuses.
- Care and assistance – provided by friends or family.
It is also possible to claim for losses which you are likely to incur in the future. For example, future care needs or treatment which will be required.