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Accidents from e-scooter collisions are on the rise in Leicestershire

The number of people injured in e-scooter collisions has risen in Leicestershire. During 2020, eight people sustained injuries – but the figure increased to 17 in just 12 months according to the Department for Transport.

Across Britain, there were 1,280 collisions involving e-scooters, compared to 460 during the pandemic. Based on national figures, most of those injured are likely to have been the person riding the e-scooter involved.

It is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, as well as on pavements or in cycle lanes. The only exception to this is using rental e-scooters as part of Government-run trials of e-scooters, which are currently taking place in around 30 areas.

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E-scooters in these trials are limited to 15.5 miles per hour, although some may have restrictions limiting them further, while users must have a full or provisional license, and it’s recommended they wear a cycle helmet. However, there are no trials ongoing in Leicestershire – so if you spot anyone using them they are most likely illegal.

In the UK, collisions involved 1,359 casualties, compared to 484 two years ago, say the DfT. Last year, 309 collisions involved only one e-scooter, and no other vehicles, compared to the 83 in 2020.

Of all casualties in collisions involving e-scooters, 1,034 were e-scooter users. Among others injured were 223 pedestrians, 64 cyclists, 14 motorcyclists and 17 people in cars.

Across Britain, nine people have been killed in collisions involving e-scooters – all of whom were e-scooter riders. More serious injuries include head injuries or broken arms and legs – with three people sustaining a broken neck or back and three people with internal injuries in 2021.

The DfT said a considerable percentage of non-fatal casualties are not reported to the police. Non-fatal casualties for e-scooter users are among the most likely to be underreported in road casualty data since they have no obligation to inform the police of collisions.

According to Leicestershire Police: “E-scooters are classed as motor vehicles under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Which means the rules that apply to motor vehicles, also apply to e-scooters including the need to have a licence, insurance and tax.

“It’s not currently possible to get insurance for privately owned e-scooters, which means it’s illegal to use them on the road or in public spaces. If you’re using a private e-scooter you risk the vehicle being seized under p.165 Road Traffic Act 1988 for no insurance.

“If you cause serious harm to another person whilst riding an e-scooter the incident will be investigated in the same way it would if you were riding a motorcycle or driving a car.”

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